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  CY Middle SchoolCY Middle School


RB+B Architects, Inc.
315 E. Mountain Ave., #100, Fort Collins, CO 80524

General Description

Location: Casper, Wyoming
Construction Manager at Risk: Feb 2007
Construction Period: Sep 2008 to July 2010
Total Square Feet: 117,697 Site: 19.163 acres.
Number of Buildings: One middle school: 38 classrooms with 750 student seating capacity.
Building Size: First floor, 87,031; second floor, 30,666;
total, 117,697 square feet. Building Height: First floor, 17'4"; second floor, 30'; floor to floor, 14'; total, 30'.
Basic Construction Type: New/11-B.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, structural floor. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, metal siding. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall, brick.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage KBTU/SF/yr: 30.6.

Construction Team

Local Architect: Amundsen Associates - 212 E. Second Street, Casper, WY 82601
Structural Engineer: Lower & Associates PC - 1607 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82604
Civil Engineer: WLC Engineers - 200 Pronghorn, Casper, WY 82601
General Contractor: Groathouse Construction - 3440 Bypass Boulevard, Casper, WY 82604
Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: Engineering Design Associates Consulting Engineers - 1607 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82604

The new CY Middle School in Casper, Wyoming is designed to accommodate three grade levels for a total of 750 students. It is organized along a north-south "main street" that separates two two-story core academic wings (east side of main street) from one-story common spaces (west side of main street). The building divides the site into four distinct quadrants: approach for staff, bus, and service traffic (north end of main street); approach for parent and visitor traffic (south end of main street); outside learning area (east); and athletic play fields (west).

Each of the three grade levels is divided into two smaller "cores," the two-story core academic areas contain six small learning communities of 125 students each (four in the north wing and two in the south wing). Each core group of students is provided with a science classroom and science prep area along with an enclosed classroom, an enclosed double classroom that can be subdivided with an operable partition, a large CTE studio space, a conference room, an open work area, a teacher workroom, lockers, and a restroom group.

In the center of the building, main street opens onto the Cafetorium and onto an outdoor courtyard sheltered from the wind between the two academic wings. Students leave their core areas to eat lunch and socialize in these spaces as well as to receive instruction in the library media center, music, and athletic facilities.

The environmental conditions present in Casper provided an opportunity to add alternative energy sources to the state's energy portfolio by harnessing the ever-present wind and abundant sunshine. CY Middle School features a wind turbine and photovoltaic array that teach children about alternative energy, and help to offset the power needs of the laptop computers issued to each student and teacher in the facility.

The RB+B led design team met the project energy goals by reducing the lighting power density below 0.75 watts/sf through daylighting strategies and by utilizing high performance glazing, spray foam insulation, and careful detailing to improve the building envelope. The building is "Designed to Earn the Energy Star." The building footprint is very compact to reduce its exposure to wind and reduce snow-drifting issues.

The poor soils on the site necessitated the creation of a crawl space capable of housing the HVAC equipment. The crawl space allows the equipment to run more efficiently, have easier access for maintenance, and achieve a longer lifespan. Displacement ventilation, demand controlled ventilation, energy recovery, and condensing boilers are utilized to reduce the energy required for space conditioning.

Product Information
Metal Panels: Morin a Kingspan Group Company
Block: Basalite Brick: Interstate
Insulation: K-13 by International Cellulose installed by Powers Thermal Insulation, Colorado Springs, CO Sprayed Urethane Foam Insulation: Spraytite® by BASF installed by D's Insulation, Billings, MT.
Gypsum: Certainteed
Metal Framing: Dietrich
Partitions: Hufcor Lockers: Penco
Markerboards/Tackboards: Claridge
Membrane Roof: Versico
Flooring: Mannington Commercial
Glazing: Solarban 60, 70, and 80 by PPG installed by Overhead Door, Casper, WY.
Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Tubular Skylights: Solatube
Elevators: KONE

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