FirstFloor & SfL+a Architects Announce Sandy Grove Middle School Project

Top Quote Educational Facility Financed Through Public-Private Partnership First Of Its Kind In North Carolina, Only Second In United States. End Quote
  • Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (1888PressRelease) July 06, 2012 - SfL+a Architects ( has announced the approval to build Sandy Grove Middle School, a future Lumber Bridge, Hoke County Schools educational facility that will be the first of public-private partnership financed school in North Carolina and second of its kind in the nation. The 74,000 square-foot school will be designed to meet LEED Gold standards and will be a net-zero facility, one that returns more energy to the grid than it consumes. Innovative design and construction features include large photovoltaic and geothermal heating and cooling systems, high efficiency lighting, spray foam insulation, a whole building generator and solar panels. These measures will save Hoke County Schools nearly $35 million over the next 40 years.

    Sandy Grove Middle School will be financed through a public-private partnership, one of the most cutting-edge ways to fund new school construction. Under a public-private partnership, the private sector assumes the risk of capital and resources for construction, while the public sector builds the facility to local and state standards.

    The school will provide a progressive, top-caliber education to 600 Hoke County children. The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for Sandy Grove Middle School on Thursday, July 19 at 10 a.m. at 300 Chason Road, Lumber Bridge, N.C. 28357.

    "SfL+a Architects is excited to begin construction on Sandy Grove Middle School," said Ferris. "We are committed to creating high-performance educational facilities that are both environmentally friendly and budget conscious. Public-private partnerships are also a wise way to fund the building of new schools, and Sandy Grove will serve as a model for Hoke County, the state of North Carolina and the rest of the nation."

    - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) consists of a suite of rating systems for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods.

    - The total cost of the building, with utilities, will be less than $400,000 during the first year of occupancy.

    - The solar photovoltaic system will generate 10 percent more energy than the building utilizes.

    SfL+a Architects is a firm designed to provide state-of-the-art architectural solutions to educational institutions. Founded in 1982, the company has emerged as one of the most highly regarded architectural firms in the Southeast, offering expert services in architectural planning, design, construction, land planning and interior design. The firm has offices located in Raleigh, Fayetteville and Charlotte, N.C. The sister company of SfL+a Architects is Firstfloor K-12 Solutions, LLC, a North Carolina development company pioneering public-private partnerships to develop educational facilities. The company is comprised of talented professionals, each possessing 15-20 years of experience in banking, finance, construction and property management. For more information, visit

    Emily Packard
    MMI Public Relations
    (919) 233-6600
    Emily ( @ ) mmipublicrelations dot com

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