Office of Energy Policy
Caywood Elementary Unveiled as an Energy Efficient School

Press Release Date:  Monday, October 31, 2005  
Contact Information:  Lola Lyle
(800) 282-0868

Frankfort, KY, (Oct. 31, 2005) - On October 23, Kenton County Schools held a community grand opening of its new James A. Caywood Elementary School in Edgewood, Kentucky.  The new Caywood Elementary, which will be able to accommodate 600 students, is located on Turkeyfoot Road next to the Patton Vocational School and Turkey Foot Middle School.

The new elementary school has been designed by the architectural firm of Piaskowy & Cooper to include outstanding energy conservation techniques.  This firm was selected to design, provide drawings and write specifications for the construction of this new building.  Messer Construction Company built the new 80,000 sq ft school for approximately $12.5 million. 

A geo-thermal heating and cooling system was used as an energy savings measure in this building.  The system is three to four times more efficient than most other systems.  In addition, the building is lit with natural lighting using light shelves that will bring north/south sunlight into the building and use this light instead of artificial lighting.  Lighting in schools makes up about 30 percent of the energy used.  Engaging natural light in such an effective way will likely reduce the amount of money and energy spent by the school as a whole.

Mark Ryles, Director of the Kentucky Department of Education’s Division of Facilities Management, believes that sustainable design represents the future for Kentucky’s schools.  “These buildings provide daylighting for classrooms for better staff and student performance and lower energy costs, geothermal HVAC systems and environmentally sustainable design elements.  The buildings are designed to be a teaching tool with elements like proper sun orientation, solar powered science labs, water catchment systems and technology to make staff and students aware of the impact of the facility on the natural environment.”

Governor Fletcher’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy encourages schools to give preference to energy-efficient products and practices.  For more information about the Comprehensive Energy Strategy or energy-efficient schools, visit