Central High School|
470 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
Location: Forestville, New York
Date Bid: Nov 2008 Construction Period: Jan 2009 to Jan
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
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Membrane. Floors:
Concrete, composite metal deck. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud
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
Associates was awarded Outstanding Design by the 2011 American School &
University Educational Interiors Showcase.
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