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  William A. Brummer Elementary School, Page 30William A. Brummer Elementary School
Integrated Design Solutions, LLC 
888 West Big Beaver, #200, Troy, MI 48084

South Lyon, Michigan
Total Square Feet: 68,500
Construction Period: Nov 1998 to June 2000

Construction Team
Construction Manager: Granger Construction Company - 6267 Aurelius Road, Lansing, MI 48910
Structural Engineer: Seto-Tsang Associates, Inc. - 2888 East Long Lake Road, #135, Troy, MI 48098
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Intergrated Design Solutions, LLC - 888 West Big Beaver, #200, Troy, MI 48084
Landscape Architect: Beckett & Raeder, Inc. - 535 West Williams, #101, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Cost Estimator: Granger Construction Company - 6267 Aurelius Road, Lansing, MI 48910

After touring several elementary schools in surrounding areas and establishing recommendations and specifications for both instructional and service areas in South Lyon's new elementary school, Integrated Design Solutions (IDS) and the New School Task Force established a "Vision for Learning." This document provided invaluable information to begin the design process.

A clear understanding was founded for the spirit and teaching method that the school should embody. A direction was established towards a school that is based on the "multi-age" methods, one that instills in the students a sense of self, community, pride and responsibility for others. These characteristics are displayed in the arrangement of the building plan.

The design consists of four "neighborhoods", each including individual classrooms for grade levels K-5. Children will begin their education in a neighborhood and remain within that group through each grade level. This varies from the traditional pod based system and establishes a system that allows for multiple grade interaction as well as multiple teaching methods. It is comparable to the "single room school house" where each neighborhood is part of the larger elementary school community.

A commons area is located at the entrance to each neighborhood, symbolic as a front door to each community and functional as a supplemental teaching area. Children can gather to read, present reports or simply line up for recess or the bus to take them home. The students enter the school room through these entrances each morning. At the heart of the school, along the "main street" corridor, are the shared "community" spaces. The main office is prominently situated to overlook daily activities and monitor visitors entering the school. In the center is the entrance to the media center, bounded by smaller activity rooms and teaching spaces.

The cafeteria is located at the end of the main street corridor. The design strengthens the symbols that are characteristic of a small community. 

The project delivery method utilized was the construction management process. This allowed for the fast tracking of the construction work through multiple bid packages to gain the maximum possible schedule advantage.

The architectural/engineering firm of Integrated Design Solutions, LLC also provided technology design and furniture procurement services to the district. This arrangement basically afforded a single point of contact to the district for all professional design consultant services. This resulted in a high level of effective communication and coordination within the design team, yielding a minimum in construction contingency spending.

A construction close-out/move-in and building activation plan was very carefully developed by the district in close coordination with the construction manager and the architect. This up-front planning effort made the overall process very smooth and the facility was brought in on time and under budget.

Exterior Walls - Brick: Glen-Gery; Joint Sealers: Dymeric; Entrances & Storefronts: Special Lite; Metal Windows: Winco Windows; Glazing: PPG.
Roof - Membrane: Firestone Building Products Co.; Shingles & Roof Tiles: GAF; Roof Specialties & Accessories: Copper Sales; Skylights: Skywall.
Floors - VCT & Resilient Flooring: Armstrong; Carpet: Mannington; Tile: Dal-Tile; Wood Flooring: Action Floor Systems.
Interior Walls - Metal Doors & Frames: Ceco; Wood & Plastic Doors: Special Lite; Gypsum Board: United States Gypsum; Acoustical Treatment: Armstrong; Paint: Benjamin Moore.

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