Austin, Texas — At O’Connell Robertson, there is a commitment to enhancing learning environments and supporting student success on every educational project. That commitment is evident in the Firm’s school designs as well as its strong partnerships with school district clients, as demonstrated by a recent donation to the Round Rock ISD Partners in Education (PIE) Foundation.
Sharing savings received through the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deductions program for its energy efficient design of Success High School , O’Connell Robertson contributed $5,000 to the RRISD Partners in Education Foundation for the 2016 School Supply Drive, and $6,600 for Success High School to support the Marsha Swenson scholarship fund, which helps students go directly to college or a higher education training program after graduation, and to support the school’s soccer program grant, which provides players with uniforms, gloves, and shin guards to help establish their team.
The federal tax deduction program is available to architects and engineers that design features to reduce energy consumption of a public building by up to 50% compared to a similar building. O’Connell Robertson always shares the tax savings received through this program with its school district clients. The sustainability and energy efficient features incorporated into the design of Success High School in Round Rock ISD resulted in the highest per square foot tax deduction possible.
“It is rewarding for all of us at O’Connell Robertson to provide these funds for programs that help meet students’ basic needs, but also encourage students to become fully engaged in their campus community and reach their highest potential,” said Amy Jones, president of O’Connell Roberson. “We appreciate our continued partnership with Round Rock ISD and are pleased to participate in this federal program that encourages sustainable practices.”