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  Red Hawk Elementary SchoolRed Hawk Elementary School


RB+B Architects, Inc.
315 E. Mountain Avenue, (R)100, Fort Collins, CO 80524

General Description
Location: Erie, Colorado
LEED® for Schools - Gold
Date Bid: Apr 2010 Construction Period: May 2010 to Aug 2011
Total Square Feet: 73,874 Site: 12.6 acres.
Number of Buildings: One Elementary School; 27 classrooms with seating capacity for 25; Gynasium, 3,500 square feet.
Building Size: Basement, 2,715; first floor, 42,071; second floor, 29,086; total, 73,874 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 11’7”; first floor, 14’; second floor, 16’; total, 35’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Steel frame.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab on grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall, fiber cement panels. Roof: Built-up. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, glazed brick, metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage: KBTU/SF/YR: 21.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: JVA, Inc. - 25 Old Town Square, (R)200, Fort Collins, CO 80524
General Contractor: Adolfson & Peterson Construction - 797 Ventura Street, Aurora, CO 80011
Mechanical Engineer: Shaffer-Baucom Engineering - 7333 W. Jefferson Avenue, (R)230, Lakewood, CO 80235
Electrical Engineer: RJ McNutt & Associates, Inc. - 1140 38th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80634
Cost Estimator: FCI - 4001 N. Valley Drive, Longmont, CO 80504
LEED Consultant: CSU Institute for the Built Environment - 1501 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1501

The design for Red Hawk Elementary stems from the desire to create a vibrant place for kids to learn. The design approach to create this environment centers around a central space that is connected to all parts of the school and allows for multiple ways of interaction amongst and between students and teachers.

As inspiration, the design team studied scenes of urban areas during street festivals. During these festivals, buildings on each side of the street frame the central space where multiple pavilions of different colors and shapes are set up. The most important aspect of this scene is the movement of people. Their ability to go in and out of the buildings and weave in and around the pavilions is a joyful part of experiencing the festival. This interaction and flexibility is carried through the school in creative spaces for students to learn and interact.

There are many elements in and around the building that allow the teachers and students to interact and learn from their surroundings, from the 'Plains to Peak Eco-trail' and the 'Interpretive Wall' on the site, to the 'Mineral Garden' and the 'Weather Funnel' on the interior of the building.

The building also provides a number of passive elements that encourage better learning. The daylighting and views throughout the building keep its occupants connected to the outside and the natural cycle of the sun throughout the day and seasons through the year. Displacement ventilation is used in the entire building to deliver air from the ground source heat pumps into the occupied zone of each space. This type of air delivery achieves a much higher comfort level due to less fluctuation in room temperatures and does it in a way that reduces noise and increases indoor air quality compared to conventional air delivery methods. All of these elements, along with many others have allowed RB+B to achieve a LEED Gold Certification and a "Designed to Earn ENERGY STAR(R) award.

LEED® Points                         66 Total
Sustainable Sites                     10
Water Efficiency                     6
Energy & Atmosphere              24
Materials & Resources              5
Indoor Environmental Quality   13
Innovation & Design Process     6
Regional Priority Credits          2

Product Information
Fiber Cement Panels: Nichiha Roofing: Johns Manville Flooring: Tandus, Colorado Hardscapes
Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer Tubular Skylights: Solatube Elevators: Schindler

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