Farmington High School
The Farmington High School sits on nearly 46 acres of land. Designers incorporated "learning suites" in lieu of traditional classrooms, which can be locked down and evacuated without students using the main hallway. Security is a major component in new school design. About 200 security cameras can be found throughout the building, and the school's entrance requires visitors, staff and students to pass through a front office.
The new high school boasts multiple aspects of energy efficiency. Designed to be net-zero, the high school has the capability at some point to use little to no energy outside of what is generated on-site. Photovoltaic panels power a majority of the building. When sunlight is absorbed by these materials, the solar energy knocks electrons loose from their atoms, allowing the electrons to flow through the material to produce electricity. This process of converting light (photons) to electricity (voltage) is called the photovoltaic (PV) effect.