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  Rutt Academic Center, Lancaster Mennonite SchoolRutt Academic Center,
Lancaster Mennonite School

Architect

Cornerstone Design-Architects
48-50 West Chestnut Street, #400, Lancaster, PA 17603
www.cornerstonedesign.com

General Description

SUSTAINABLE
Location:
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Date Bid: Aug 2007
Construction Period: Oct 2007 to Oct 2008 Total Square Feet: 22,000 Site: 12 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; school with 15 classrooms
and a seating capacity of 365.
Building Size: First floor, 13,480; second floor, 12,324; third floor, 12,149; total, 37,953 square feet.; total, 45’.
Building Height: First floor, 13’4”; second floor, 13’4”; third floor, 13’4”; total, 42’6”.
Basic Construction Type: New/Steel Frame/IIB.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall, EIFS. Roof: Metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.


Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Greenebaum Structures, P.C. - 26-28 Market Square, #2, Manheim, PA 17545
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: High Construction Company - 1853 William Penn Way, Lancaster, PA 17601
Mechanical Engineer: Accu-Aire Mechanical Services, Inc. - 3545 Marietta Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17601
Electrical Engineer: Mast Electrics, Inc. - 16 Holly Drive, Leola, PA 17540
Plumbing Engineer: Haller Enterprises, Inc. - 212 Bucky Drive, Lititz, PA 17543


Completed in October of 2008, the Lancaster Mennonite School Rutt Academic Center is a project that evolved from its original inception in January of 2002. The six year process of planning, strategizing, and fund-raising brought to fruition a building that integrates both classroom spaces for students and the central offices location for the Lancaster Mennonite School System. This facility contains fifteen classrooms including areas of study such as family and consumer sciences, business, math, and science.

Designed by Cornerstone Design-Architects based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, this facility was intended as the gateway to campus and serves as a security barrier for the school. The main entrance to the building is located on the second floor and a long, winding entrance ramp guides visitors from the main northern parking lot through the academic center to the existing Fine Arts Center located just south of the new facility. This ramp guides occupants through an atrium space flooded with natural light and also serves as a community space for both students and visitors.

The exterior of the building was designed to respond to the existing architectural style on campus, but yet was designed to look towards the future of building construction on campus. Materials such as red brick, limestone, and decorative concrete masonry retain the traditional elements of the campus, but the curved and flowing facades of lightweight materials and glass curtain walls look toward the future.

While this project was not in pursuit of LEED® certification, many green and sustainable attributes were adopted within the design of the facility. Lancaster Mennonite School wants to instill a sense of environmental responsibility and education into their students for future generations within the community. This facility will serve as an educational tool for many students for decades to come. Some of the sustainable features include a geothermal heating and cooling system coupled with forty-two wells which are drilled to a depth of three-hundred fifty feet each. Energy-recovery units were installed to maximize the efficiency of outside air intake and exhaust. A green roof is installed on a third floor patio area adjacent to the biology science classrooms. Students are able to learn more about plant species and sustainability in this learning environment. Along with increased insulation values within the floor, roof, and wall structures, radiant heating is installed in the concrete floor of the atrium space.

The project has been considered a success by Lancaster Mennonite School and their staff, board members, and students. Students now have more inspiring spaces to learn, communicate, socialize, and grow both spiritually and educationally. 

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