Jackson Brown King Palculict Architects, Inc.
12921 Cantrell Road, #201, Little Rock, AR 72223
Location: Greenbrier, Arkansas
Date Bid: July 2009
Construction Period: Aug 2009 to July 2010
Total Square Feet: 33,659 Site: 3.5 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 16 classrooms.
Building Size: First floor, 33,659; total 33,659 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, slopes from 13’8” to 9’8”; top of
structure, 28’6”. Basic Construction Type: New/Wood frame.
Foundation: Reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior
Walls: CMU, siding, GlasRoc® sheathing. Roof: Metal.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Engineering Consultants, Inc. - 401 West
Capitol Avenue, #305, Little Rock, AR 72201
General Contractor: Nabholz Construction Services - 612 Garland
Street, Conway, AR 72032
Mechanical Engineer: Innovative Solutions Group, Inc. - 136 Apple
Blossom Loop, Maumelle, AR 72113
Electrical Engineer: Lucas, Merriott & Associates - 2225 West 7th
Street, Little Rock, AR 72201
The site plan of Greenbrier Middle School presented a number of
challenges. First, the new middle school was to replace an existing
building built in the 1950's, while taking advantage of contemporary
sustainable design practices. There was a need to connect the District
administration building at the northeast to the rest of the campus.
There was also a desire to form a connection between the south campus
buildings with the cafeteria/band building to the west. To accommodate
those goals, the building acts as a hub that provides access to the
campus while establishing an anchor to the east side of the central
The building is organized in three "bars". There are two classroom wings
or "bars" built on a double loaded corridor with clerestories running
the length of the building. Masonry up to ten feet high gives durability
and reduces maintenance. The third "bar" contains the administration and
multi-class learning functions. This bar has masonry up to the window
sill height and clad with cementitious siding above. The educational
spaces in the Greenbrier Middle School include twelve classrooms, four
science labs, one computer lab, one multi-media center and support
spaces. The administrative spaces include reception office, nurses'
station, principal's office and vice principal's office, teacher work
room, a guidance suite and support spaces. The building increases campus
connectivity, separates parent drop-off from bus drop-off, and is
designed to be an energy efficient, healthy learning environment.
The materials used require little or no maintenance and meet VOC
(Volatile Organic Compounds) requirements set by the USGBC LEED®
certification process. In addition, to decrease material transportation
and to keep jobs in Arkansas, the primary and secondary structure of the
building is Arkansas produced Lumber.
Large windows in the instructional spaces and clerestories in the
corridors flood the interior spaces with natural light providing ideal
learning conditions. The lighting system accounts for daylighting and
decreases the energy used to meet work surface foot candle requirements.
All rooms are equipped with motion sensors and auto shut-off switches to
turn off lights when they are not in use. The combination of
technological control systems designed along with fixed building
efficiency elements creates savings to the District for years to come,
with tutorial attributes for the students. Test scores will increase and
absenteeism will decrease as a sense of "ownership" from the users
produces positive results.
Fiber Cement Siding: HardiPlank®
GlasRoc® by CertainTeed Acoustic
Wall Panels: Tectum
Drywall & Acoustical Treatment: USG
Metal Roof: McElroy
Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: United States Aluminum