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  Tapestry Charter SchoolTapestry Charter School


Trautman Associates
470 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

General Description

Location: Buffalo, New York
Date Bid: Sep 2010
Construction Period: Sep 2010 to Sep 2011
Total Square Feet: 43,047 Site: 5 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 25 classrooms with seating for 24 each.
Building Size: First floor, 27,847; second floor, 15,200; total, 43,047 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 13’; second floor, 13’; total, 29’5”.
Basic Construction Type: Addition.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Metal panels. Roof: Built-up. Floors: Concrete, metal deck. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural, Plumbing, Electrical & Civil Engineering: Trautman Associates - 470 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
General Contractor: Ellicott Development Company - 295 Main Street, #210, Buffalo, NY 14203
Mechanical Engineer: Allied Mechanical, Inc. - 1111 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14213
Landscape Architect: Trautman Associates - 470 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

Consistent with the mission of Tapestry Charter School, the concept of weaving together the new and old structures to form a visual tapestry came to fruition in a continuity of spaces designed to meet the diverse requirements of a K-12 building program. The new construction not only physically expands the square footage of the school as a whole but also amplifies the visual environment of the local community with a vibrant modern aesthetic designed to meet the demands of a 21st century education.

The project initially was divided into two phases: Phase I involved the conversion of an existing bowling alley into the high school, while Phase II involved new construction of the grade school, executed the following year, in an effort to consolidate all K-12 students onto a single campus. All new construction was designed with the goal of seamless transition into the integrated grade school program. The hinge between the old and new buildings is a single story space housing school offices, cafeteria, music room and the kindergarten classrooms which have direct access to the children's playground built on the playfields north of the building.

The K-6 program was envisioned to complement the high school, sharing some common resources yet providing a colorful environment suited to childhood development. Articulating the continuity of interior space surfaces was key to achieving the design vision, such as specifying polished floors and an open ceiling plan throughout, not only enhancing visual continuity but also cutting costs on a limited budget. Close attention was given to routing the ductwork and lighting making the design aesthetically pleasing with easy access to the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing equipment. Direct and indirect lights were a feature of the lighting scheme throughout.

The main entrance to the grade school features a two-story atrium that is a dynamic entry to the interior spaces of the building. A decorative stair is directly adjacent to the atrium, visually connecting the two floors. Shared access between the grade school and the high school allows for optimized use of the cafeteria, stage area, and gymnasium. The majority of the building exterior is a two-tone white metal panel system, designed with subtle variations to provide architectural distinction at a lower cost. Red coping at the top of the wall was designed as a decorative cap that functions as a rain screen wall, allowing the building to weep any penetrating moisture, modeled on the example of a masonry wythe wall. The cafeteria is faced with the same red as the coping and features a curtain wall with a sunshade and shelf to bounce natural light into the building interior. The main entrances all have decorative translucent canopies that help visually unify Tapestry Charter School.

Product Information
Metal Panels: Approximately 14,000 sq.ft. of Laminators' Omega-Lite ACM panels in Brite Red, Bone White and Ascot White on exterior of the building. Gypsum Systems of Elma, NY installed the ACM panels using Laminators' 2-piece molding system. Buffalo Sales of Buffalo, NY supplied the panels for the project.
Built Up Roof: Firestone
Lighting: PMC, LSI Industries
Windows: Litex, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®
Elevator: Schindler

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