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  Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Page 48Benjamin Franklin Elementary School
ARCHITECT
LORENZ WILLIAMS CLINTON
4440 Garwood Place, Richmond, IN 47374

CONSTRUCTION MANAGER
GARMONG CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT SERVICES, LLC
3050 Poplar Street, Terre Haute, IN 47803
www.garmong.net


Location: 
Terre Haute, Indiana
Total Square Feet: 72,880
Construction Period: Mar 2003 to Aug 2004 

CONSTRUCTION TEAM
STRUCTURAL, MECHANICAL, ELECTRICAL ENGINEER:
Lorenz Williams Clinton - 4440 Garwood Place, Richmond, IN 47374


The new Benjamin Franklin Elementary School was part of a massive, $35 million, three school building project which was completed in August of 2004. Benjamin Franklin Elementary School was one of three elementary schools built simultaneously for the Vigo County School Corporation located in West Central Indiana.

This educational facility replaced the existing school that was built in 1921 and lacked the space, technology and efficiency offered by this state of the art building. Designed to house kindergarten through fifth grade students, this 72,880 square foot, single story facility contains 18 traditional classrooms, as well as classrooms for science, art, and special needs students.

The building structure primarily consists of a concrete foundation, slab on grade, with a structural steel frame. The exterior of the building is comprised of brick veneer backed by unit masonry, cast stone window sills and cast stone pillars. A central courtyard was designed using decorative concrete, landscaping and tiered concrete seating to provide an outdoor learning environment.

Benjamin Franklin Elementary School has a gymnasium and an adjacent cafetorium. These two areas are separated by an operable folding panel partition, which allows the areas to be combined for stage productions and other assembly events. The gymnasium has folding bleacher seating to accommodate 218 students, and a full basketball court.The stage features sound and lighting systems, hardwood flooring, operable curtains, and a wheelchair lift.

The corridors of the building have sand cushion terrazzo flooring, gypsum walls with cork overlaid with vinyl wall coverings. This combination provides a tackable surface which is aesthetically pleasing and very functional.

The classrooms utilize carpet tile, laminate casework, and dry erase visual display boards. With technology being an essential part of today's educational requirements, each classroom has 6 network connections, an intercommunication system, and ceiling mounted TV's which are connected to the school wide media retrieval system.

The media center overlooks the courtyard through large aluminum and glass openings. This area is centrally located within the school and offers an adjacent computer lab which is networked with over 32 workstations. The media center has a storytelling area with stepped seating, adjustable lighting, and a vaulted ceiling.

Benjamin Franklin Elementary School has become the centerpiece of its community and represents efficiency while maintaining a conducive and pleasing atmosphere for learning.

MANUFACTURERS/SUPPLIERS
DIV 07:
Standing Seam: AEP-Span, a Division of ASC Profiles, Inc.
DIV 08: Windows: Traco.
DIV 09: Carpet Tile: Inter face; VCT: Armstrong; Gym Flooring: Taraflex.


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