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Firstfloor Energy Positive Begins Groundbreaking on New Energy Positive Leased PK-12 School in North Carolina


Groundbreaking for new school in Jones County cancelled due to weather


The groundbreaking event for a new Jones County school scheduled for today (January 8) in Trenton, NC has been cancelled due to weather.  Officials are working on scheduling a new date for the event.

RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 5, 2017 Students in Jones County, North Carolina are one step closer to attending school in a brand new facility. Firstfloor Energy Positive, the design-builder providing turnkey property development services for educational institutions, announces its groundbreaking date for the all-new energy positive, leased public PK-12 school in Trenton, (Jones County) North Carolina. North Carolina State School Superintendent Mark Johnson and Senator Harry Brown will be in attendance for the groundbreaking.


What:                         Groundbreaking Event

Where:          1490 Hwy 58, Trenton NC 28585

When:                        Monday, January 8, 2018

1:00 p.m.


Firstfloor Energy Positive, along with partners SfL+a Architects and Metcon Construction, will construct a new 125,000 square foot K-12 school with individual wings separating the elementary, middle and high school students, providing a safe, energy positive and cost-effective facility. The highly innovative, energy positive school will produce 75 percent more energy than it will consume. The new school will feature a modern take on traditional library designs, a food court styled cafeteria, agricultural aspects and a hub for large school and community gatherings.


The unique design of the school positively impacts the learning atmosphere for students. School administrators and teachers will also have the opportunity to use the school’s revolutionary power saving technology as a learning tool.


“When designing the school it was important to us that we bring in top-tier talent who understand these systems and are able to help optimize them in order to obtain the most energy savings for each school,” said Robbie Ferris, CEO of Firstfloor Energy Positive. “Each school we build is uniquely crafted and designed to fit the needs of the students, teachers and administrators, while also contributing to the community and environment.”


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Firstfloor Energy Positive is a company specifically designed to provide turnkey development solutions to educational institutions. Firstfloor Energy Positive’s primary objective is focusing on the individual needs of clients. Providing creative, cost-effective development solutions to our client’s needs is Firstfloor Energy Positive’s philosophy. Applying over six decades of experience in project design, site acquisition, financing, construction, construction management, and property management makes this all possible.



SfL+a Architects a leading architectural firm, established in 1982, focused on delivering high-performance facilities that will serve communities and environment for decades into the future. SfL+a Architects strives to accomplish all this while maintaining its core values – people, passion, commitment, integrity and innovation. The company’s business model demands that SfL+a Architects design buildings to be at a minimum LEED Silver and nothing less. Specializing in delivering extremely energy efficient buildings, including energy positive ones, it creates engaging environments that positively impact people, communities and the environment. Teaming up with its sister-company, Firstfloor, SfL+a Architects offers alternative delivery methods including financing solutions that reduce total cost of ownership for clients.

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