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To efficiently regulate the room temperature, a special pump system was set up that uses three pumps instead of one. This is part of a radiant heating system that supplies heat directly to the floors, wall panels, and ceilings. During the warmer months, the students will have air conditioning. Outside are playgrounds for different age groups, an outdoor patio for art classes, and an amphitheater for instruction, gatherings, and performances.

Not only is the school designed to educate students with different needs, the school itself serves as a STEAM teaching tool. In the hallways, pupils will learn about the building’s internal operating systems. There are glass windows on the hallway walls and ceilings, displaying the mechanical piping, wiring, and cabling systems. “There will be signs stating, ‘This is your chill water pipe, where your air conditioning comes from,’ and ‘This is a fire sprinkler pipe for fire protection,’” said Timothy Pillsworth, New York District project engineer. Students will learn about renewable energy by monitoring the solar panels and wind turbine on the roof that supply some of the building’s energy. No longer observers, the pupils are now benefiting from all that their new 21st century education building has to offer, and learning about STEAM careers along the way. n

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SCHOOL AS TEACHING TOOL

Flexible learning spaces in the new West Point Elementary School. The center-hub area serves as a learning area that has a variety of different chairs and tables.

FROM THE MID-ATLANTIC TO CANADA, FORESTERS MANAGE UNIQUE ARMY PROGRAM BY VINCE LIT TLE, Nor folk District

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or a pair of real estate office staffers at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Norfolk District, there really is no confusing the forest for the trees. District foresters Andrew Willey and Stefan Flores are responsible for timber sales and helping manage forests on military installations and other Army real property. Through competitive industry bids – while meeting environmental compliance – they administer contracts, provide oversight of logging operations, and obtain maximum proceeds for federal projects and local communities. In support of installation foresters, the two handle timber removal for all of North Atlantic Division (NAD), and they’ve got the woods covered – from the Canadian border down to North Carolina. “Fort A.P. Hill [Virginia] is along the southern extent of our border,” Willey said. “We run into the New England states and extend over to

Fort Drum in western New York. The entire NAD corridor is the area we manage from Norfolk District. “Conducting timber harvests at these military installations allows for the opportunity to manage the Army’s landscape. It’s a large portfolio of land. What we can do as a service to the taxpayer is not only own and use this land, but maintain it as well.” Fiscal year 2020 was a record year for Norfolk District’s forestry program. By July, more than $1.1 million in standing timber had been sold on Army and Air Force land across the region, while sales revenue in Civil Works approached $200,000. Proceeds go toward natural resource management plans and local communities through state entitlements. Willey said the district’s foresters expanded their portfolio and partnerships throughout NAD, sparking the recent growth for this highly unique Army program. 17

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