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  Bismarck High SchoolBismarck High School


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

General Description

Location: Bismarck, Arkansas
Date Bid:
Date Bid: Nov 2008
Construction Period: Dec 2008 to May 2010
Total Square Feet: 81,327 Site: 21.89 acres
Number of Buildings: One; 25 classrooms, 30 per class.
LEED® Silver Pending
Building Size: First floor, 63,341; second floor, 17,986; total, 81,327 square feet. Building Height: Total, 46’2''.
Basic Construction Type: New/Type III B Sprinkled/Pre-Engineered Building.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, metal wall panel. Roof: Metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Engineering Consultants, Inc. - 401 West Capitol, #305, Little Rock, AR 72201
General Contractor: May Construction Company - 2226 Cottondale Lane, #100, Little Rock, AR 72203
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
Civil Engineer: Crafton Tull Sparks & Associates - 10825 Financial Center Parkway, #300, Little Rock, AR 72211

The Bismarck School District, in both financial and facility distress, turned to Jackson Brown Palculict Architects to assist the District in support of state participant funding and in the pursuit and marketing of a millage to the community. Working together they sought a high-performance facility, which would offer the District energy efficiencies, maintain savings and most importantly create spaces to contribute to an enhanced learning environment.

With Community and State approval, the District is now home to Bismarck High School, a new high performance high school facility pending LEED Silver status accommodating academic core, workforce, extra curricular and support programs. This was achieved through careful site analysis, using natural topography and features of the site, orientating the structure to maximize natural lighting and planning for existing campus and future District growth.

From entry lobbies to typical classrooms to shop class, the quality of spaces always weighed heavily on the design team's mind. The team employed an inexpensive structural system that allowed the building many opportunities for natural light and quality materials. The mechanical and electrical systems were exposed throughout the project to engage and educate the students about the buildings.

Classroom acoustics was a major consideration for the design team. Because of the many hard materials in the space, care was paid to the wall and ceiling treatment to cut down on distracting noise. The use of the vaulted, exposed ceiling floods the classrooms with light.

The media center is a 2-story space. Sun louvers and glazing strategies were calculated to allow the optimum sun infiltration into the space. Sound clouds were also used to create a quiet, hospitable environment for learning.

The Bismarck High School continues to be a good investment for the community, and a small town in the midst of consolidation now has one of the most state-of-the-art schools in Arkansas. The project is not only a school for the students, but it has become a beacon for the community. The structure stands to remind the residents of Bismarck, Arkansas, that if they work together towards a common goal, anything can be achieved.

Product Information
Pre-Engineered Building: Alliance Steel, Inc.
Insulation: Simple Saver by Thermal Design
Metal Stud: Clark Western Building Systems
Gypsum: United States Gypsum
Window, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Elevators: Thyssen Krupp
Lighting: Mule, Lightolier, Exceline, Iota, Ledalite, HCI, Sea Gull, Visionaire

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