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  Harmony Elementary SchoolHarmony Elementary School


Sy Richards, Architect, Inc.
301 E. Church Street, Monroe, GA 30655

General Description

Location: Monroe, Georgia
Date Bid: Nov 2010
Construction Period:
Nov 2010 to Mar 2012
Total Square Feet: 103,825 Site: 48.62 acres.
Number of Buildings: Two; 57 classrooms.
Building Size: First floor, 95,617; PE annex, 8,208; total, 103,825 square feet.
Building Height: Wings, 14’; lobby, 29’9”, cafeteria, 22’;
PE annex, 30’.
Basic Construction Type: New/IIA Sprinklered.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, metal siding. Roof: Built-up, metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall. Projected and/or modeled energy usage KBTU/SF/yr: 48.1.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Willett Engineering Co., Inc. - 3528 Habersham at Northlake, Tucker, GA 30084
General Contractor: Knoll Construction, LLC - 3100 Medlock Bridge Road, Building 500, Norcross, GA 30071
Mechanical Engineer: Singleton Engineers, Inc. - 3794 Shawnee Run, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047
Electrical Engineer: Bolden-Williams & Associates, Inc. - 3066 Highway 29, South, Lawrenceville, GA 30044
Civil Engineer: Raymond Civil Engineers, LLC - 1741 Hog Mountain Road, Building 200, #C, Watkinsville, GA 30677
Hardware Consultant: Phillips-Langley & Associates - 3585 Highway 317, #401A, Suwanee, GA 30024

Harmony Elementary School is the sixth generation using a prototype plan design for Walton County Public Schools. It replaces a 1970 era building, which was on a small site and in need of extensive repair. The new campus is situated on 48.6 acres, located 4.3 miles southeast of the original site.

The site adaptation presented a few unique challenges to the design team. The building location had to be juxtaposed between suitable soils for the septic system, wetlands and stream buffers. Working with the Army Corp of Engineers, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Local Development Department, the building was sited so that just under 1/10 of an acre of wetlands had to be disturbed which resulted in purchase of mitigating credits.

As with the previous iterations of this plan, the design team reviewed all previous issues which arose during construction of the last prototype and incorporated them into the Construction Documents, further minimizing the need for document clarification during construction. Since the last prototype was completed in 2007, the School System desired to make upgrades to the technology incorporated into the building. This included a direct digital control system that integrates HVAC controls, lighting controls, security systems and CCTV, and broadband video distribution into a single system backbone. In addition, updates were made to energy management protocols to further reduce power consumption throughout the building.

As with previous adaptations of the plan, the main entrance opens into the Lobby featuring a 24-foot high ceiling with exposed steel structure and clerestory windows. The Lobby's height and roof outline were designed so to create a clear indication of the building's main entrance. Lobby's materials include a ceramic tile floor and brick veneer walls to create a warm and inviting entry.

The Administration Suite and Dining Room are located on each side of the main entry Lobby. The Dining Room, with a portable stage, serves as a multiple function area for school activities as well as for after hours activities. This area can be open to the public while the rest of the school is secured. The centrally located Media Center is accessible to all classroom wings, and features a separate story-telling area outlined by classic "Tuscan" columns, with built-in stepped seating and cove lighted ceiling.

Product Information
Brick: Cherokee Brick Sheathing Board: Georgia Pacific
Aluminum Windows & Frames: EFCO, a Pella Corporation
Gypsum: National Paint: Sherwin Williams Roofing: GAF Metal Roofing: Berridge
VCT: Armstrong Linoleum: Forbo Carpet: Bigelow
Wood Flooring: Action Fiberglass Columns: Melton Classics
Lighting: Columbia, Dual Lite, Prescolite, Hubbell, Spaulding, Alera

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