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  Greenbrier Middle SchoolGreenbrier Middle School


Jackson Brown King Palculict Architects, Inc.
12921 Cantrell Road, #201, Little Rock, AR 72223

General Description

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.

Construction Team

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 campus plaza.

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.

Product Information
Fiber Cement Siding: HardiPlank®
GlasRoc® by CertainTeed Acoustic
Wall Panels: Tectum
Drywall & Acoustical Treatment: USG
Metal Roof: McElroy
Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: United States Aluminum

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