Properties Magazine March 2017 : Page 19

Proud to work with RPJ to provide the $38+ Million General Trades package for the )LUHVWRQH/LWFKÀHOG&/& Setting the standard of excellence since 1910! ‡ ‡ ‡ *HQHUDO&RQWUDFWLQJ &RQVWUXFWLRQ0DQDJHPHQW 'HVLJQ%XLOG6HUYLFHV   STAGING EVENTS The Firestone atrium doubles as pre-event space for performances at the Linda P. Kesker Auditorium, as well as special events at the adjacent planetarium. ning, it’s been a blended team, and the owner benefits in being able to draw on a larger pool of resources and experience.” Two schools under one roof Throughout the Firestone/Litchfield project, Herr and the design and con-struction team held meetings with the community and school faculty to dis-cuss project details, funding information and project goals, according to John P. Peterson, AIA, project manager with GPD Group. “Since this project’s inception in 2011, the whole design process took about 18 months, and over that time we had over 120 meetings,” Peterson says. “We would discuss what everyone hoped to see in the CLC. Part of this whole build-ing program was providing some equity amongst the district too. We had a lot of feedback from the staff, administrators and community, and as a result a lot of people had a hand in the design.” While the previous school buildings were loosely connected via a breezeway, it was determined early on that putting both new schools under one roof would improve efficiency. “From an initial cost standpoint, there were advantages to combining the two schools into one, and it also saves money from an operational standpoint,” Herr says. “[For example, the CLC] includes one large cafeteria with an operable wall that’s typically left closed to allow sepa-rate serving for the middle school and high school at the same time. There’s one joint kitchen to prepare foods for both schools, plus combined kitchen and custodial staffs as well.” Despite the use of shared spaces, the schools are largely separated operationally and are provided with distinct entries and parking lots to minimize intermingling between stu-dent populations. Peterson says the team benefitted from lessons learned on earlier projects in the CLC master program. “There had been certain standards that were developed early on in the over-all program,” he says. “On this project, we were able to develop and improve upon earlier approaches, especially from a technology standpoint, with improved internet capabilities and tablet usage, and evolving methods of teaching.” Building security was another area of improvement, Herr adds. Whereas earlier schools allowed students to enter directly into school atriums from exte-330.220.2700 19

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