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  Rochester Memorial Elementary SchoolRochester Memorial Elementary School


Flansburgh Architects
77 North Washington Street, Boston, MA 02114

General Description

Location: Rochester, Massachusetts
Date Bid: Sep 2010 Construction Period: Apr 2010 to Aug 2011
Total Square Feet: 105,023 Site: 22 acres
Number of Buildings: One; 40 classrooms seating 25 each; cafetorium seating 335; gymnasium capacity 1,285.
Building Size: First floor, 91,247; second floor, 13,776; total, 105,023 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 12’10”; second floor, 13’2”; total, 26’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Precast. Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Brick, curtainwall, precast. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete, precast. Interior Walls: CMU, concrete, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Owner's Project Manager: PMA Consultants - 25 Braintree Hill Office Park, #303, Braintree, MA 02184
Structural Engineer: Engineers Design Group - 350 Main Street, Floor 2, Malden, MA 02148
Construction Manager at Risk: Gilbane Building Company - 155 Federal Street, #400, Boston, MA 02110
Cost Estimator: Project Management and Cost - 59 South Street, Hingham, MA 02043
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: TMP Consulting Engineers - 52 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111
Precast Contractor: J.P. Carrara & Sons - 2464 Case Street, Middlebury, VT 05753

The town's only elementary school, a preK - 6 facility serving 604 students, has seen significant enrollment increases in recent years. The 70,638-square-foot school is a one-story structure built in 1950 with three subsequent one-story additions. The town needed to expand the existing school quickly to keep class sizes within limits or temporary classrooms would have been required. Flansburgh Architects was retained to conduct an extensive feasibility study to determine whether to replace or renovate the school.

Flansburgh Architects recommended retaining and renovating all portions of the school and adding 34,385 square feet of classroom, music, and support space. Twenty-two classrooms were added. Renovations include all-new HVAC systems utilizing the state-of-the-art displacement ventilation system, which provides a more healthful and quieter environment for a better learning; an expanded cafeteria; and reconfigured kindergarten rooms and library. Site improvements include a new baseball field, play areas, and expanded parking. The completed school addition complies with MA-CHPS (Massachusetts Collaborative for High Performance Schools), a certification which encompasses school design, construction and operation, energy and water use, lighting, temperature control, and acoustics. Precast concrete panels met several of the criteria for environmentally friendly schools.

In order to meet the pressing need for an aggressive design and construction schedule, Flansburgh employed two strategies: building the needed classroom addition using a pre-cast concrete wall, floor, and roof system to minimize erection time so that it will be completed in only nine months; and utilizing the CM-at-Risk process to fast track the design and construction sequences.

To meet the tight schedule, the site and foundation work were performed while the precast design was being finalized to save valuable time. By the time the foundation work was completed, the precast insulated wall panels and hollowcore floor/ceiling planks were ready for erection, and the entire two stories were fully enclosed in just three weeks.

The project was constructed in six phases so that the school remains fully functioning. By completing the addition quickly, students will be moved in phases into the addition from portions of the building to accommodate the needed renovations while keeping the school fully functioning.

The key design challenge was to meet the aggressive design and construction schedule. Not only did the use of precast concrete panels allow the project to on time, it allowed the project to finish 9 months ahead of schedule.

One of the advantages of using precast concrete panels was the variety of exterior choices available. To match the existing school, thin brick exterior was used, which eliminates the need for periodic sealing or tuck-pointing required with traditional brick.

Precast Building Systems meet the criteria for high-performance school building. They provide acoustical superior sound isolation, low-lifetime maintenance, lower heating and cooling costs, and improved air quality.

Rochester Memorial Innovations/Accomplishments

  • It took only 10 months from design to occupancy.
  • It took approximately 12 weeks to fabricate all 270 precast components.
  • It took 15 days to erect all precast components.
  • Classrooms were delivered 9 months ahead of schedule.

Product Information
Building Envelope: Spaulding Brick
Membrane Roofing: Sarnafil
Windows: Winco
Curtainwall, Entrances & Storefronts: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®
Skylight: Naturalite
Flooring: Mannington, Nora, J&J Carpet
Elevator: Canton
Lighting: Lithonia, Renova, Lite Control

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