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  Summit Elementary SchoolSummit Elementary School

Architect Of Record

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

Design Architect

7 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

General Description

Location: Casper, Wyoming
Construction Manager at Risk: June 2009
Construction Period: Apr 2009 to Aug 2010 Total Square Feet: 61,472 Site: 11 acres. Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 45,809; second floor, 15,663;
total, 61,472 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 15’8”; second floor, 29’4”: floor to floor, 13’4”; penthouse, 11’; total, 35’.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, metal panel. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall. Projected and/or modeled energy usage KBTU/SF/yr: 39

Construction Team

Design Architect: LHSA+DP - 7 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010
Local Architect: Amundsen Associates - 212 E. Second Street, Casper, WY 82601
Structural Engineer: Lower & Associates - 1607 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82604
General Contractor: Adolfson & Peterson Construction - 797 Ventura Street, Aurora, CO 80011
Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: EDA Consulting Engineers - 1607 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82604

Summit Elementary School accommodates 450 students in Pre-K through 5th grade. The design process for Summit Elementary School began with awareness and visioning charrette sessions involving teachers, principals, school district representatives, parents, community members, and children. The school design evolved around a narrative that would allow the building to embody the District's educational philosophy for Summit, which emphasizes integrated, hands-on, and real world learning. The theme of Convergence, inspired by the history of the Casper community as a point where trails intersected during Westward Expansion and by the interdisciplinary nature of 21st century learning, emerged from the charrettes as an organizing theme for the overall design concept for the school. Guided by this narrative and by tenets of the Reggio Emilia philosophy, the design team worked collaboratively to create a building that would function as an active learning and teaching tool and one that was more open in terms of planning.

The school uses innovative architectural approaches to enhance student learning, including ideas based on museum planning. Teacher offices are located in a single open space with interior glass partitions to facilitate knowledge transfer and mutual awareness.

The design has a very open and inviting central space where students are active during school hours but that enables the building to function as a community center in the evening and on weekends. Evocative of plazas and town squares, the Village Center - a large, central space - acts as a place to come together and a foundational component for the building. The classroom spaces are designed to nurture a familial quality, and three Learning Houses (communal classrooms in which approximately 150 students have their day-to-day lessons and which can be shared by students in different age ranges) radiate out from the Village Center. Movable furniture transforms the classrooms into intimate spaces or presentation halls depending on the needs of the instructors and students, supporting the inclusive and student-centered curriculum in Natrona County. One of the uniquely designed forms houses a Pre-Kindergarten program, allowing the space to be scaled for very young children but providing familiarity with the Elementary School and membership in this vibrant learning community.

The design for the new School employs several high performance sustainable strategies. Space conditioning is provided by a centralized heat pump geo-exchange system connected to a vertical bore field and hydronic solar panels. This system harnesses two renewable resources: the earth and the sun's energy. Daylighting is used throughout. Insulated low-e glazing, spray applied foam insulation, and careful detailing enhance the performance of the building envelope.

Product Information
Metal Panels: Morin, a Kingspan Group Company
Brick: Interstate
Flooring: Mohawk, BASF, Mondo
Membrane Roof: Sika Sarnafil
Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Tubular Skylights: Sunoptics
Elevators: KONE

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