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  Helms Elementary School New Classroom BuildingHelms Elementary School New Classroom Building


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

General Description

Largo, Florida
Date Bid:
June 2008 Construction Period: July 2008 to Sep 2009
Total Square Feet: 22,434 Site: 11.15 acres.
Number of Buildings:
One. 14 classrooms with seating for 300.
Building Size: First floor, 11,217; second floor, 11,217; total, 22,434 square feet.
Building Height:
First floor, 13’4”; second floor, 12’; total, 25’4”.
Basic Construction Type:
Structural Steel/New.
Reinforced concrete. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Built-up. Floors: Concrete, precast. Interior Walls: CMU.
Projected and/or modeled energy use:
HVAC=90.390; Non-HVAC=64.150; Cumulative=154.539

Construction Team

Structural/Electrical/Mechanical Engineer: Long & Associates Architects/Engineers, Inc. - 4525 South Manhattan Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611
General Contractor: Peter R. Brown Construction, Inc. - 13830 58th Street North, #401, Clearwater, FL 33760

This project master planned the addition of a new 2-story, 14-classroom building on the existing campus of Mildred Helms Elementary School in Largo, Florida. The building is designed for flexible use by a range of grade levels, with classrooms organized around shared teacher planning and student toilet facilities. This flexible and environmentally responsive design is a prototype for future Pinellas County classroom additions. The project scope included construction of a 90-space parking lot, aluminum covered walkways, a bus loop and related storm water retention, additional heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) design for a new chiller plant to support future renovations to existing buildings, and additional electrical infrastructure to provide a single service for the new classroom building, chiller building, and permanent portables.

The classrooms provide a healthy, state-of-the-art teaching and learning environment. Extensive glazing provides ample natural light and views of the surrounding campus while external sunscreen elements mitigate glare and heat gain. This, in conjunction with a neutral-based color scheme, creates an airy atmosphere. Low VOC materials, individual classroom climate control, increased fresh air, and filtration ensure a clean working space. Ceiling mounted video projection systems, smart boards, sound reinforcement, and cutting edge data wiring systems provide the faculty with the necessary tools to enrich the learning experiences of their students. The classrooms are designed with space and simplicity in mind to accommodate future flexibility.

The exterior building design scheme blends with the newer Administration Building and Media Center in material use, color, and texture. The building mass is modulated by additive forms and bold elements to create interest and mark entrances. Playful use of contrasting colors and complimentary shades adds a whimsical feel for the younger students.

This project was designed and documented through all phases of the work with the aid of the latest REVIT Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology. The modeling process helped the Architect, Engineer, and Construction Management Team control costs and provide the highest possible quality for the project. Exterior and interior renderings from the model helped the Owner visualize and understand the design. This enabled the New Classroom Building at Mildred Helms Elementary School to open in August 2009, on time and under budget.

Product Information
Interior: Metal Studs: Clark Western;
Drywall: Georgia Pacific DensGlass® Gold
Insulation: CertainTeed Stucco: LaFarge Diamond Mesh, Vinyl Stucco
Interior Contractor: Superior Structures, Inc.
Accessories: Amico. Flooring: Armstrong.
Entrances & Storefronts: Republic Hollow Metal
Windows: Winco Roof: Johns Manville Elevator: Otis

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