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  Franklinton High SchoolFranklinton High School


MBAJ Architecture
9131 Anson Way, #204, Raleigh, NC 27615

General Description

Location: Franklinton, North Carolina
Date Bid: June 2009
Construction Period: Aug 2009 to Nov 2011
Total Square Feet: 213,123 Site: 78 acres.
Number of Buildings: 6; 68 classrooms with seating capacity for 1,280; auditorium, 500 seats; gymnasium, 1500 seats.
Building Size: Ground floor, 97,115; first floor, 64,268; second floor, 51,133; platform, 607; total, 213,123 square feet.
Building Height: Floor to floor, 14’8”; total, 53’6”.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall. Roof: Metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or modeled energy use: KBTU/SF/yr 68.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Ruggles Engineering - 1116 Whispering Winds Drive, Catawba, NC 28609
General Contractor: Branch and Associates, Inc. - 5732 Airport Road, Roanoke, VA 24012
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Hickman Ambrose, Inc. - 814 Greenbrier Circle, #G, Chesapeake, VA 23320
Landscape Architect: CLH Design - 400 Regency Forest Drive, #120, Cary, NC 27518

The New Franklinton High School is a 215,000 square foot, multi-story facility located in Franklinton, North Carolina. Franklinton High School serves the rapidly growing southwestern area of Franklin County and provides a replacement school for a historic high school building located in downtown Franklinton.

The school is situated on 78 acres of undeveloped rolling timberland, located just south of town in the heart of the growing area. The new school was designed for an initial population of 1,200 students; however, the campus is planned for growth and includes infrastructure to accommodate future needs up to 1,600 students.

The building configuration was developed to allow multiple site access points to be addressed and to manage 34 feet of grade change across the site. The building aesthetic includes elements of the vintage school design of the former high school facility.

The building design is organized into three major elements, the Student Support Center housing the administration, guidance and media center, the Enrichment Center housing the athletics, cafeteria, auditorium, art, music and CTE labs and the Academic Center housing the academic classrooms, science labs and distance learning. The three-part configuration provided the flexibility to rotate each of the three elements horizontally and/or shift the elements vertically to accommodate a challenging site. Each of the centers can be isolated for after-hours activities.

The Enrichment Center features a 500-seat auditorium and a 1,500-seat gymnasium. The center also includes space for the stadium home concessions and public restrooms within the building footprint. The Enrichment Center also includes a large, multi-function student commons that serves as the lobby for athletic events and theater performances or that can be used as expansion seating for the cafeteria.

The design of the Academic Center is simple and repeated for each level. The configuration provides the flexibility to accommodate a ninth grade center. The Academic Center also includes integrated business program labs and distance learning labs. Each science lab and each academic classroom is identically sized and configured to allow flexible use and shifts in enrollment.

Franklinton High School utilizes bearing wall construction throughout with light gauge truss framing over the Student Support Center and steel floor and roof framing over the remainder of the facility. The overall structural system was carefully designed to minimize the amount of required conventional steel framing at a time when steel costs were skyrocketing. Exterior building finishes are two-tone brick veneer with rock face brick accents. The roof over the Student Support Center is standing seam metal and the remainder of the roofs are low slope SBS. All interior walls are masonry.

Site amenities include a lighted 2500-seat stadium with an 8-lane track, as well as lighted facilities for baseball, softball, and tennis. Two practice fields, soccer and football, are also included, and paved parking is provided for approximately 400 students, 150 staff/visitors, and 20 buses.

Product Information
Brick: Cunningham Direct-Applied Exterior Finish System: STO
Metal Wall Panels & Roof: Englert Membrane Roofing: Soprema
Wood Floors: Carolina Wood Floors
VCT: Armstrong Carpet: Mohawk Lees Rubber Base, Stair Accessories: Roppe Epoxy Flooring: Sherwin Williams
Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer Elavators: Otis Platform Lifts: Savaria
Lighting: Lithonia, Gotham, SPI, Diversified Architectural Lighting, Square D

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