850 West Morgan Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603 I Tel. 919.832.6303 Fax. 919.832.3339
By implementing energy-efficient and environmentally sensitive design elements successfully in our schools, we create high performance educational facilities that support and advance educational missions:
For K-12 design guides, CLICK HERE.
• Improve academic performance

• Design for health, safety and comfort

• Reduce operating costs

• Design buildings that teach sustainability

• Protect the environment

• Support community Values

Heritage Middle School, Wake Forest, NC
Our expertise in green school design serves beyond the limit:
- 19 new high performance schools
- 41 green school renovations
- Green school consultant to 66 other A/E firms
- Total over $2 billion in green educational facilities
- Green School Design Guide for Clark County schools, NV
- Energy Design Guidelines for High Performance Schools for US DOE
- Design Guideline for Greenville County Schools, SC
- G3 (Guilford Green Guideline) for Guilford County, NC
- ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings
- Ohio School Facilities Commission—Evaluation of Ohio Schools Design Standards in Relationship to LEED
- Guide for Daylighting for Schools
"I firmly believe every child deserves an environment like this - one designed to be conducive to learning. This is a vision of what all schools should be like for every child."
Peggy Smith, E. Clayton Elementary School, NC, Principal

"I have found the firm to be effective, highly professional, and very easy to work with."
James H. Ellerbe, Superintendent, Johnston County Schools, NC

"Mike Nicklas and team have proven to be our best choice and they certainly have the ability to repeat this process in whichever school district is lucky enough to employ them. The design of this building is supposed to create questions, thinking. There is something about this building that generates excitement. It generates questions about why we are here and what we want to save today that have for the future."
Wyndol Fry, Asst. Superintendent, McKinney Independent School District, TX

"We were extremely satisfied with the outcome of that project - both with the technical abilities of Innovative design and their responsiveness and assistance for us."
Joan E. Newport, Business Manager at Ravenscroft School, NC

"When we think about this building and its sustainability features, they aren't just cosmetic, they are actually real working systems. And, when the students know about that, it is so exciting to them - to become environmentally aware. If they can learn that as young students, we believe they are going to be environmentally responsible adults."
Deb Beasley, Roy Lee Walker Elementary School, NC, Principal

"The best benefit for the students is the daylighting featured in this building. School districts that employ this kind of technology will save money, and that is good for everybody, every property tax payer. It's better for the students, for the teachers. That's a no-brainer."
David Garman, Former Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US DOE

Millbrook Elementary
Dillard Drive Middle
Clayton Middle
Washington Montessori
Sterling Montessori Academy
The New School
Smith Middle
Roy Lee Walker Elementary
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Renaissance Academy
Masons Cove Elementary
Great Neck Middle
Belle Heth Elementary