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  Classroom & Multipurpose Building, Loften High School
LEED® Silver

Classroom & Multipurpose Building, Loften High School, page 42


Long & Associates Architects/Engineers, Inc.
4525 South Manhattan Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611

General Description

Location: Gainesville, Florida
Date Bid: Feb 2007
Construction Period: Mar 2007 to Apr 2008
Total Square Feet: 25,876 Site: 36 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 16,412; second floor, 9,464,
total, 25,876 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 13’4”; second, 21’; total, 34’4”.
Basic Construction Type: New/Structural Steel.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: CMU, curtainwall. Roof: Asphalt shingles. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall. 

Construction Team

Structural, Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Long & Associates Architects/Engineers, Inc. - 4525 South Manhattan Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611
General Contractor: PPI - 8200 N.W. 15th Place, #B, Gainesville, FL 32606
Civil Engineer: Dyer, Riddle, Mills & Precourt, Inc. - 4110 S.W. 34th Street, #8, Gainesville, FL 32608

The Loften High School Classroom and Multipurpose Building was designed and constructed to help facilitate a transformation from an unorganized campus populated by portable classrooms into a comprehensive career center and professional academy. Through the efforts of Tom Cowart of Alachua County Public Schools, Chris Crehore and Ralph Crites of PPI Construction, the school administrator, Dr. Chet Sanders, and the project architect, Gregg Schwieterman of Long & Associates Architects/Engineers Inc., an energy efficient building was realized where every student, every day, can experience success.

Following a campus master plan study involving administrators, faculty, staff and facilities personnel, Long & Associates provided a master plan report outlining strategies for infrastructure, space allocation, building systems and multi site design schemes.

The first three phases of the master plan included a multipurpose kitchen facility and two single-story classroom buildings. To take advantage of economy of scale and minimize the building foot print on the site, the phases were combined in one two-story, 16 classroom and kitchen/dining facility that share a common group bathroom space. The multipurpose area provides a gathering place for the entire student body. This space was not available on campus previous to the project's completion, reinforcing the school's vision for "a vital community united as the premier provider of career and technical education."

The Loften High School Classroom and Multipurpose Building project was granted a LEED
® Silver Certification with the U.S. Green Building Council and is the first LEED® rated high school in Florida and the first LEED® rated school for the school district of Alachua County. The building not only minimizes its impact on the environment, it provides a better learning environment for the students. Care was taken in the selection of systems and materials to insure superior air quality. Access to natural light, fresh air, and the ability to control the occupants' comfort were all taken into account. In short, this building is designed to provide the resources to prepare its students for the future and has been constructed being mindful of the natural resources they will need when that future arrives.    


DIV. 7: Shingles: GAF.
DIV. 8: Entrances & Storefronts, Windows, Curtainwall: Kawneer.
DIV. 9: VCT: Armstrong.
DIV. 14: Elevators: ThyssenKrupp.
DIV. 26: Lighting: Sesco.

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