Hawk Elementary School|
RB+B Architects, Inc.
315 E. Mountain Avenue, (R)100, Fort Collins, CO 80524
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.
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
Energy & Atmosphere
Materials & Resources
Indoor Environmental Quality 13
Innovation & Design Process 6
Regional Priority Credits
Fiber Cement Panels: Nichiha Roofing: Johns Manville Flooring: Tandus,
Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer Tubular
Skylights: Solatube Elevators: Schindler