Jackson Brown Palculict Architects
12921 Cantrell Road, #201, Little Rock, AR 72223
Location: Bismarck, Arkansas
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
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.
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
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.
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