2. The Challenge:
Design with upscale aesthetics yet control costs and make use of donated equipment from parents.
3. The Solution:
Used hybrid approach - built main units off-site, and installed building details at the site. Also integrated a modular elevator system.
The 24,475 SFT Girl’s School made up of (32) modules that house children from Nursery School through Grade 12. The building is nestled in a mature, densely-wooded property surrounded by upscale residential housing. The goal of the project was to have the modular building blend seamlessly into the surroundings. With a high-pitched, site-installed roof facade, ample entry porches, and fiber cement siding with accenting trim details, this goal was accomplished admirably. The interior of the building features aesthetically pleasing and durable tile, suspended ceilings, and brightly painted drywall for an appealing and colorful aesthetic.
Technical Innovation & Sustainability:
For optimal flexibility, many classrooms can be fitted with acoustically deading folding partitions allowing the room to be easily sub-divided to accommodate nearly any group size. To maintain safety while allowing passive cooling and ventilation, the windows throughout only feature operable top sashes. The building is also equipped with occupancy sensors to conserve energy.
As with most educational institutions, value and cost effectiveness were strong concerns. The team partnered to accommodate donated materials and systems such as the roof-mounted HVAC units. The elevator was even a prefabricated system, that installed in a single day. A sprinkler system was site-installed to reduce the required fire ratings and streamline structural and envelope costs. The entire building features EPA WaterSense reduced flow plumbing fixtures to further reduce water use and utility costs.