ICFs Create High Performance Schools

| by David Morris
ICFs Create High Performance Schools

Kentucky is leading the nation in the construction of energy-saving public schools and insulated concrete form construction has been a big part of that push. Fox Blocks ICFs were used in the award-winning Glasgow High School that opened in 2012, and now the Kingsolver-Pierce Elementary School, at Ft. Knox.

The school is a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) 21st Century Education institution. The new school will replace and consolidate two older elementary schools, and will accommodate 635 students, grades PK-5.

Project architect RS&H of Columbus, Ohio, designed the building’s renewable energy technologies and sustainable features and systems so that they serve as a hands-on learning tool for all students.

The single-story school complex houses learning hubs with flexible studios, a central commons area with performance stage, and both indoor and outdoor classrooms. A gymnasium, cafeteria, specialist rooms, music and art rooms, a learning impaired room, counseling areas, an information center will round out the student-occupied spaces.

Meanwhile a new administrative, supply and storage areas, a state-of-the-art kitchen and teacher workrooms, will improve overall operations.

Kingsolver-Pierce Elementary will also include multiple high-efficiency building systems, renewable energy technologies and sustainable features. According to RS&H, the 115,000-square-foot school will utilize a geothermal heat pump system, solar water heaters, clerestory windows, and solar tubes, as well as photovoltaic powered parking lot lights.

These renewable sources coupled with energy efficient systems yield a net-zero energy “achievable” design. Additionally, the school’s design includes classrooms extending into outdoor space, energy dashboards, a green roof and ample daylighting. With all of these sustainable elements, the facility is on track to earn LEED for Schools Silver certification. In keeping with the surrounding environment, the new $32 million school features a brick and limestone façade.

Experienced ICF contractor Gravesco Construction of Frankfort, Ky., handled the ICF portion of the project, which included integrated framing assemblies and window and door openings.

For educational, institututional and large commercial projects, ICFs are proven to reduce construction time and help meet energy-efficiency goals and certification requirements.

This blog was developed by Fox Blocks. All posts, sponsored and un-sponsored have been reviewed and approved by the Sustainable Community Media Editorial Team to ensure quality, relevance/usefulness and objectivity.


Topics: Building Green, Foundations, Insulated Concrete Forms - ICF

Companies: Fox Blocks

David Morris
A Detroit native, David T. Morris, LEED® Green Associate, used his drive for entrepreneurship, innovation & new product development to develop a patented product and later took a new building product to market. In 2012, he became U.S. East Regional Manager with Fox Blocks, a division of Airlite Plastics Company, managing ICF sales in seven states. Since 2006, David has delivered more than 140 IFA/ICF training seminars to contractors, plus another 120 presentations to architects and engineers. He is a featured speaker and SME on High-Performance Buildings, and his efforts have resulted in environmentally friendly construction being specified for residential, commercial, and institutional buildings throughout the country.

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