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  Conservatory Green ECE-8 SchoolConservatory Green ECE-8 School


RB+B Architects
315 E. Mountain Avenue, #100, Fort Collins, CO 80524

General Description

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Date Bid: July 2013 Construction Period: Sept 2013 to Aug 2014
Total Square Feet: 113,616 Site: 10 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 54 classrooms, seating varies, gymnasium.
Building Sizes: First floor, 70,804; second floor, 42,812; total, 113,616 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; second floor, 12’; total, 30’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Steel Frame/CMU Bearing.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall, metal panel.
Roof: Built-up. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall. KBTU/SF/Yr: 69

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Sheflin Group, Inc. - 6638 W. Ottowa Avenue, #230, Littleton, CO 80128
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: M.E. Group - 707 17th Street, #3000, Denver, CO 80202
Civil Engineer: JVA, Incorporated - 1319 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302
General Contractor: Roche Constructors, Inc. - 361 71st Avenue, Greeley, CO 80634
Landscape Architect: Design Concepts - 211 N. Public Road, #200, Lafayette, CO 80026

Located north of I-70 on the former Stapleton Airport site in Denver, CO, the new 113,616 square foot early childhood through eighth grade school serves the community of the Conservatory Green neighborhood. In order to meet district needs, the building is designed to operate as two autonomous schools that share only the gymnasium, cafeteria, and other support spaces. The current tenants are High Tech Elementary School (early childhood education through fifth grades) and the Denver School of Science and Technology (sixth through eighth grades).

The school layout promotes 21st Century Learning opportunities throughout. The cafeteria is the center of the school, with library, gymnasium, playground, music, community, and academic spaces directly adjacent. Breakout spaces at a variety of scales – from individual students to large classes – optimize student’s experiences, and bright colors and durable finishes contribute to a welcoming atmosphere.

Forms and textures from the natural and built world are used throughout the design to inspire students to be more aware of the patterns that surround them every day. This includes patterns from the former airport runways on the gym wall, mathematical concepts highlighted in the stair railings, and natural science features in the playground. Key sustainable characteristics of the project include proper building orientation that maximizes natural daylighting and occupancy sensors with automatic dimming systems. A high efficiency building envelope combined with triple-pane windows with integral blinds will minimize energy costs. Recycled and reclaimed materials are used throughout.

A unique feature of the project was the compressed design and construction schedule. Due to Owner Schedule/Needs the design was compressed into 6 months and construction was completed in 11 months. This allowed the district to move into the new facility on time and on budget for the
2014 school year.

Product Information
Interior & Exterior Glazed Brick: Elgin Butler
Brick: Interstate Brick
Ground Face CMU: Basalite
Foam Insulation: Bayer Bayseal™
Acoustical: CertainTeed
Roofing: Johns Manville
VCT Flooring: Armstrong
Carpet: Mannington Windows: Manko
Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Tubular Daylight Devices: Velux
Skylights: Kalwall
Lighting: Prescolite, Philips, Alera, Finelite, Valmont
Elevators: KONE

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