Marion Illinois' new high school, specifically the HEC (Health Education Center), was recently published in the March Metal Architecture Magazine. Metal Architecture wanted to present an offering of how metal building components were making the grade in sports, fitness, and athletic facilities. The MHS HEC building was selected for publication because it utilizes innovative use of standard building materials in new ways to achieve a more sustainable facility and keep a handle on rising energy costs. Some features include the use of an aluminum grate typically used as a mezzanine or cover for floor openings as solar shades on the exterior. The grates protect the glazing from both kicked balls from the adjacent stadium and the hot sun in the western sky. The building also uses a massive geothermal well-field for Heating and Air Conditioning. Another energy conservation measure include various day lighting strategies, and energy management systems. Click the link to see the article in Metal Architecture Magazine.