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  StoneBridge Elementary School

StoneBridge Elementary SchoolArchitect

Dean and Dean/Associates Architects, P. A.
4400 Old Canton Road #200 Highland Bluff, Jackson, MS 39211

General Description

Location: Brandon, Mississippi
Date Bid: Feb 2008
Construction Period: Mar 2008 to July 2009
Total Square Feet: 77,580 Site: 16.2 acres. Number of Buildings: One/Elementary school, 45 classrooms with 1,478 seating capacity.
Building Size: Education area, 45,064; kitchen, 3,805; dining, 4,698; library, 3,437; business, 3,431; storage, 1,420; corridors & bathrooms, 15,725;
total, 77,580 square feet.
Building Height: Varies 13’ to 24’; total 24’. Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Brick. Roof: Modified Bitumen. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Civil/Structural Engineer: Spencer-Engineers, Inc. - 2675 River Ridge Drive, Jackson, MS 39216
Mechanical Engineer: Atherton Consulting Engineers, Inc. - 1900 Lakeland Drive #1, Jackson, MS 39216
Electrical Engineer: Watkins & O’Gwynn Consulting Electrical Engineers - 4523 Office Park Drive, Jackson, MS 39206
Kitchen Consultant: Futch Design Associates, Inc. - 8966 Interline Avenue, Suite C, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
General Contractor: Fountain Construction Company, Inc. - 5655 Highway 18 West, Jackson, MS 39209

In August of 2009, the Rankin County School District (RCSD) opened its newest elementary school to students in Brandon, Mississippi – StoneBridge Elementary School.

In 2007, the School District was approached by the Green Hills Development Corporation with the idea to incorporate a new elementary school into its mixed-use development project known as "StoneBridge". During the initial stages of planning, the StoneBridge developer felt that a school facility incorporated into the project might be key to the overall success of the development since it could serve as a buffer between residential and commercial parcels. Located along the newly constructed Mississippi Highway 18 corridor, the development was within a high growth residential area, therefore the need for additional classroom space was high. The Green Hills offer to donate property to the RCSD for their next school complex was welcomed by the School District.

Upon accepting the offer, the School District immediately began planning the StoneBridge School. Strategically located within the development, the school was placed on a corner parcel with approximately 16 highly visible acres of land. The site receives full benefit of a four-lane divided boulevard with paved sidewalks that extend into the residential properties nearby. The automobile and bus traffic enjoy access from separate streets, which enhances student safety and improves both drop-off and pick-up times for parents.

The building features a central lobby to serve as a hub from which to enter the administrative suite, cafeteria, library, or classroom wings. This hub can be closed off from classroom wings in the evenings to allow scheduling of community functions after hours while denying access to the classroom areas.

The 3-classroom wings provide educational space for 900 2nd and 3rd grade students with 36 standard classrooms. Each classroom has its own storage closet, student cubicle area, teacher's work counter with sink, and plenty of built-in cabinet storage for educational materials. All classrooms also have interactive smart-board technology and a teacher amplification sound system.

The exterior facade treatment benefits from the strategic placement of the recessed exterior window areas and the use of three different colors of brick. The brick banding and classroom rhythm relieves the building of a typical classroom block to create an overall composition between the project's academic and support functions. In keeping with the design theme of the overall development, the use of stacked stone was incorporated into the building entrances and permanent signage.

Energy efficiency was also a primary focus of the design process. All glazing is insulated to reduce thermal heat gain. Teachers have individual control of heating and air conditioning. This access is governed by a fully monitored building-energy management system. The building's lighting system is motion-detector activated with time managed automatic shut-off. Low-flow plumbing fixtures and automatic valves are used throughout the building.

Overall, the StoneBridge Elementary School is a shining example of developers, designers, and a community coming together to meet a common goal.

Product Information
Hard Tile: American Olean, Crossville
Sheet Vinyl: Mannington Assurance II™
Rubber Base: Johnsonite
VCT: Armstrong
Carpet: Mohawk - Flooring supplied & installed by Commercial Flooring of Jackson, Mississippi
Hardware: Best
Low Flow Toilets & Urinals: Kohler
Flush Valves: Zurn
Sensor Faucets: Zurn

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