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On Thursday, February 16 2017 the Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister officially opened the Neeson Cripps Academy in Phnom Penh.
The landmark building was designed by the New York firm CookFox Architects.
Arcadia provided full detailed engineering design services and construction support for the civil and structural work, including a 55kWp Rooftop Solar system under an EPC contract.
The ecologically integrated design and sustainable strategies help to create a healthy environment for learning whilst limiting the school’s water and energy usage.
The building features low energy lighting, natural ventilation, open-air learning spaces, and integrated bamboo and terracotta solar shading.
The rooftop features a garden that minimizes solar heat gain, reduces stormwater runoff, and provides educational opportunities, and a covered, multi-purpose athletic court that facilitates outdoor activities in all conditions.
Using biophilic design principles, the school incorporates natural and biomimetic materials. Exposed concrete is patterned with a design inspired by traditional Khmer textiles, imprinting the school of the future with a connection to the rich cultural history of Cambodia.
Arcadia is delighted to be part of the design and construction of a state of the art educational environment to support the Cambodian Children’s Fund and the Velcro Companies, said Ali Adam Executive Director of Arcadia.
The five-story school will focus on teaching STEM subjects, provide teacher training and serve as a hub for the local community.
The $4.7 million construction of the Neeson Cripps Academy is a gift from Velcro Companies. Velcro Companies is a technology-driven organization that provides solutions for businesses and consumers around the world, and is committed to advancing education and improving the lives of children across the globe.
The building is named after Robert Cripps, former Velcro Companies Chairman, and Scott Neeson, Founder and Executive Director of Cambodian Children’s Fund.
It was from their determination to improve the lives of children in one of Cambodia’s poorest communities that the idea for the Neeson Cripps Academy was born.