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  Oak Mountain High School, Page 28Oak Mountain High School
Architect 
Volkert & Associates 
107 St. Francis Street, #9008, Mobile, AL 36602


Location: 
Shelby County, Alabama
Total Square Feet: 224,000
Construction Period: Feb 1998 to Aug 1999

Construction Team
General Contractor: Doster Construction - PO Box 101448, Birmingham, AL 35210
Structural Engineer: Bob Barnett - 1724 2nd Ave., Pell City, AL 35125
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: CRS - 3504 7th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35222


Located on a 62 acre site in the historic Oak Mountain Park area of Shelby County, the 216,000-square-foot building and play fields were located to take advantage of the steeply rolling site. 

The high school was designed for an initial enrollment of 1,500 students and provisions were made for expansion to accommodate more than 2,000 students. The building was divided into two areas; an academic side consisting of classrooms, administration, media center; and an activity side consisting of cafeteria, gymnasium, practice gym and theater. A prefunction space serves as a separation between these two and as a major entry point for students to gather before entering the building from the parking areas. 

Construction for the academic half of the building consists of a architectural metal roof on metal trusses on brick and block veneer walls. Because if high volume areas in the activity side, tilt-up concrete panel construction was used as a cost saving measure and to allow those areas to be weathered much quicker. Perimeter classrooms are conditioned by the wall units, core areas by roof mounted split 
system units. The media center and long distance learning labs are connected to the school's computer network allowing electronic distribution to all teaching areas. The building is completely sprinklered, allowing areas needing maximum access, such as the media center, science labs and gymnasiums, to be centrally located in the core areas of the building.

The school grounds have been graded to allow for a minimum of cutting and filling and to allow spectator berms along the perimeter of the playing fields. School bus parking is located to allow the high school and adjacent middle school to share bus drop off and parking. Student and teacher parking is at the back of the building allowing passerby and uninterrupted view of the building.

Manufacturers/Suppliers
Exterior - Metal Doors & Frames: CECO; Wood & Plastic Doors: Weyerhauser; Special Doors: WanDoor; Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer; Metal windows: EFCO Corporation; Glazing: American Flat Glass.
Roof - Membrane: Celotex; Specialties & Accessories: Bilco.
Floors - Tile: American Olean; Acoustical Treatment: Armstrong; Resilient: Azrock; Carpet: Shaw.
Interior - Gypsum Board: United states Gypsum; Paint: sherwin Williams; Toilet & Bath Accessories: Bobrick.


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