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  V. Sue Cleveland High SchoolV. Sue Cleveland High School

Architect Of Record

Van H. Gilbert Architect PC
2428 Baylor Drive SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

Associate Architect

Fanning Howey Associates, Inc.
540 East Market Street, Celina, OH 45822

General Description

Location: Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Date Bid: Apr 2007 Construction Period: July 2007 to July 2009
Total Square Feet: 410,848 Site: 140 acres
Number of Buildings: 11; 116 classrooms; seating capacity, 2,350 students; Auditorium seating capacity, 1,103; Gymnasium seating capacity, 3,008.
LEED® Silver Pending
Building Size: Basement, 82,938; first floor, 201,803; second floor, 70,685; third floor, 55,422; total, 410,848 square feet.
Building Height: Floor to floor, 16’; total, 45’, 59’6” to parapet.
Basic Construction Type: Multi-wythe CMU/CMU veneer with EIFS on stud frame.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced
concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, EIFS. Roof: Metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete, metal deck. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
KBTU/SF/yr: 18,441.8 BTU/SF/Yr or 18.441kBTU/Yr

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Chavez-Grieves Consulting Engineers, Inc. - 4700 Lincoln Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
General Contractor: Jaynes Corporation - 2906 Broadway NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers, Inc. - 4600-C Montgomery Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

As the initial building constructed in the City of Rio Rancho's, "Paseo Gateway," V. Sue Cleveland High School is especially suitable as it sets a high standard for the envisioned civic and commercial development planned for the area. Rio Rancho describes itself as a "City of Vision" and the school is the community-based embodiment of that Vision.

The 410,000-square-foot high school was designed to support collaborative teaching and learning, and to meet community generated educational goals; technologically rich, flexible, accessible, personalized, and secure. The school is organized into grade-level, learning "academies" that are defined by light filled classrooms and shared laboratories. School technology includes wireless networks, interactive white boards, overhead projectors, and audio systems.

The school campus is comprised of classrooms, laboratories, administrative offices, a media center, food service facilities, a technology resource center, playing fields, and parking. The campus buildings are connected by the "Main Street Plaza," an exterior commons area. A Fine Arts Complex is anchored by a 1,000-seat performance hall and includes a state-of-the-art theatre systems package, a black box theater, and digital animation and production studios.

The school's extensive Athletic Complex includes fields for a wide range of sports, tennis courts, basketball courts, a 400-meter, eight-lane, rubber running track, and a full track for interscholastic competition. Other athletic facilities include a field house adjacent to the artificial turf football field and spectator seating and a second field house for soccer and baseball. Public restrooms, concessions, and athletic equipment storage are also provided.

Anticipating LEED® Silver, V. Sue Cleveland features a number of sustainable design elements. The school's heating and cooling system is supported by 640 geothermal wells set 305 feet below the parking lots. Large, high-performance windows provide natural daylight to the laboratories, classrooms, gymnasium, and library. The abundant natural light streaming in gives the interior a sense of openness and transparency. Interior glazing allows daylight to reach throughout the entire building reducing the demand for artificial light during the day. Students of the school's Environmental Studies Program were trained to carry out measurements to verify daylighting in core learning spaces, assisting in the LEED® certification process.

Rainwater from roof surfaces is conveyed by gravity flow to the playing fields. The playing fields benefit as the water percolates and filters storm water which would otherwise have to be detained, treated and released. In this way, the design provides playing surfaces for students while at the same time doing its part to replenish important subterranean water aquifers.

The energy efficient efforts integrated into the facilities and campus are projected to save the school 2.27 million kilowatt hours of energy in just the first year of occupancy. The school received a PNM Energy Efficiency Rebate of $102,401 for energy savings in the school's first year of operations.

The school's design and quality of construction adds value to the surrounding undeveloped property. As an instant source of pride, the school functions as a symbol of a bright future for Rio Rancho's effort to establish a New City Center.

Product Information
Building Envelope: Lafarge
Paint: Sherwin Williams
Membrane Roofing: Firestone
Flooring: Mannington Commercial, Robbins Sports Surfaces, Mondo, Collins & Aikman
Lighting: Cooper
Curtainwall, Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: Tubelite
Daylighting/Skylights: Skyline
Elevators: Thyssen Krupp

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