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  Forestville Central High SchoolForestville Central High School


Trautman Associates
470 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

General Description

Location: Forestville, New York
Date Bid: Nov 2008 Construction Period: Jan 2009 to Jan 2010
Total Square Feet: 39,500 Site: 10.1 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: New addition, 25,500; renovation, 14,000; total, 39,500 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 13’6”; second floor, 27'; addition, 40’; total, 40’6''.
Basic Construction Type: Renovation/Addition.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete, composite metal deck. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Project Team

General Contractor: Concept Construction, Inc. - 2555 Transit Road, Elma, NY 14059
Mechanical Engineer: Mollenberg-Betz, Inc. - 300 Scott Street, Buffalo, NY 14204
Electrical Engineer: CIR Electrical Construction Corp. - 400 Ingham Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14218
Cost Estimator: Baer & Associates, LLC - 4588 South Park Avenue, Blasdell, NY 14219
Plumbing Contractor: Ando Plumbing - 4534 Clinton Street, Building #3, West Seneca, NY 14224

Trautman Associates architects and engineers provided the Forestville Central School District with elegant, modern solutions for the renovation of the existing high school building and design of the new addition. The programmatic requirements of the new addition included an auditorium and music classroom suite, comprising approximately 25,500 gross square feet. The renovated areas included new main and guidance offices, an office workroom with secure vault, a nurse's office, faculty room, mail room, new kitchen with cafeteria, distance learning classroom, art room and special education room, comprising 12,000 gross square feet on the first floor and 2,000 gross square feet on the second floor of the high school. All first floor levels were designed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility requirements with 90 percent of first floor corridor finishes upgraded towards establishing visual continuity among existing, renovated, and new interior spaces.

A most challenging aspect of the addition was resolving the interstitial spaces occurring as a result of the varying nine elevation heights on the first floor. Ramps were designed to less than the minimum slope requirement set by the ADA, creating spacious transitions and ease of accessibility at every level change. Functionally, skylights and vision glass proved to be effective solutions, particularly true for grade schools where the majority of building occupancy takes place during daylight hours. Aesthetically, the lightweight glass enclosure of the new entrance juxtaposed with the heavy masonry envelope enhanced the compositional dimensionality of the massing scheme and was continued throughout the building's interior through the thoughtful integration of natural light. Natural daylight was introduced into many spaces that would have remained 100 percent artificially lit, including a new corridor, cafeteria addition and main office renovation. Trautman Associates' lighting design received numerous New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) incentive rewards.

Entry into the high school was designed in conjunction with parking to enable school staff to control the flow of students, personnel and visitors, while providing guests and staff attending extracurricular events at the auditorium and gymnasium an attractive entrance into the school. Trautman
Associates was awarded Outstanding Design by the 2011 American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase.

Product Information
Building Envelope: Arriscraft Roofing: Carlisle Syntec
Windows: Wausau Entrances & Storefronts: Tubelite, Citadel
Skylights: Kalwall Acoustical Treatment: Armstrong
Paint: Sherwin Williams Flooring: DalTile, Bigelow
Lighting: Omega, Day-Brite

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