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  Casey Middle SchoolCasey Middle School


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

General Description

Location: Boulder, Colorado
Date Bid: Nov 2008 Construction Period: Dec 2008 to July 2010 Total Square Feet: 120,983 Site: 8.4 acres
LEED® for Schools Platinum Pending
Number of Buildings:
One; 35 classrooms; 600 student capacity; auditorium 361 seating capacity; gymnasium.
Building Size: Garage, 14,435; first floor, 16,427; second floor, 66,249; third floor, 23,872; total, 120,983 square feet (includes under building parking).
Building Height: Garage, 12’4”; first floor, 14’; second floor, 16’8”; each additional floor, 14’8”; total, 45’.
Basic Construction Type: Steel & masonry/New.
Foundation: Reinforced concrete caissons & grade beams. Exterior Walls: CMU, steel stud backup with brick veneer or metal panels. Roof: Built-up, membrane, vegetative. Floors: Precast concrete double T's & concrete on metal deck/steel joists. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or modeled energy usuage: KBTU/SF/yr: 36

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: JVA, Inc. - 1319 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302
General Contractor: Saunders Construction - 6950 South Jordan Road, Centennial, CO 80112
Sustainability Consultant: YRG Sustainability Consultants - 1821 Blake Street, #3A, Denver, CO 80202
Commissioning: Architectural Energy Corporation (AEC) - 2540 Frontier Avenue, #100, Boulder, CO 80301
Mechanical Engineer: Eaton Engineers - 143 Union Boulevard, #350, Lakewood, CO 80228
Electrical Engineer: MKK Consulting Engineers, Inc. - 7600 E. Orchard Road, 250-S, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

The Vision to transform Casey Middle School was established in 2007 and a set of guiding principles was developed for both curriculum and building form. Along with Educational Specifications, input was gathered from district specialists, teachers, parents, students, administrators and the Casey Design Advisory Team to define the design of the 600-student Middle School.

Program constraints and unstable soils determined the original 1924 building could not be saved without great expense. However, two exterior walls with beautiful terra cotta panels, intricate brick work and original light fixtures were preserved to maintain the school's historic character.

The architecture of the new school building uses contemporary forms to contrast with the historic walls. A new main entry was created opening into the commons, which serves as the cafeteria and a social space for students. The library uses the historic façade for its full three-story space. One of the original entries remains as a secondary entry into the library. Natural daylighting lights classrooms while tubular skylights balance the natural light in the rear of the room in both main and upper floor classrooms.

The 8.4-acre urban site incorporates plazas bordering the south side of the building. A landscaped bio-swale winds its way from the entry around community gardens and through drive lanes. A plaza highlights the existing walls of the original 1924 school building, while creating an outdoor space for school or community gathering.

The school accommodates after hours use by closing classroom areas while leaving the gym and auditorium open to the community. Both have separate entrances. The auditorium seats 350 people.

Classrooms are grouped in teaching arrangements around common spaces where student lockers, study/break-out space and teacher planning areas are located. These clusters of classrooms include a flex room which can open to the common space. Flex rooms may be used for seminars and small exploratory classes.

Enabling students to socialize in multiple environments was important to the program. Common spaces, shared work spaces and integrated curriculum all support this goal. Additionally, not only incorporating sustainable design into the building but also incorporating it into the curriculum is an evolving goal for the school.

Sustainable Strategies/Solutions
- Site re-use, preserving the existing infrastructure as well as community transportation connections.
- Under building parking to accommodate approximately 50% of the needed off-street parking. The site "heat island" effect was significantly reduced.
- A photovoltaic arbor doubles as covered bicycle parking.
- Xeriscaping and bioswales are integrated into the design to reduce irrigation needs and stormwater runoff.
- Approximately 80% of required lighting levels are achieved from controlled natural daylight.
- 84% of construction waste was diverted from the landfill.
- Recycled and low VOC materials are used throughout.
- Heating and cooling occurs by a water to air ground source heat pump system.
- Green roof demonstration area.
- Students identified existing school artifacts to be re-used in the new school, such as wood flooring from the gym, benches and a climbing wall.

Product Information
Building Envelope: Interstate Brick, Morin, a Kingspan Group Company
Built Up Roofing: Johns Manville
Flooring: Forbo Linoleum, Collins & Aikman Carpet
Gymnasium Flooring: Action Floor
Lighting: Corelite, Cooper Windows: Marvin
Curtainwall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Daylighting/Skylights: Solatubes, Kalwall, Sunoptics
Elevators: KONE


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