This new classroom building for the Albuquerque public school system is designed as an exciting and functional facility, which will promote creativity and be conducive to teaching and learning. This project is seeking USGBC LEED For Schools, Gold Certification. Many of the same LEED strategies listed in the Duranes Elementary project have been utilized here, with the addition of natural light monitors, an active recycling room, and enhanced acoustics. The classrooms have been designed to be spacious, quiet and naturally lit. - Spacious. Each classroom, which will house 4th and 5th grade students, is approximately 980 square feet. Larger classrooms which were requested by the user group allow various furniture layouts, reduce overcrowding and can facilitate project-based learning. - Acoustics. Ceilings are constructed of Tectum, a unique structural panel which performs approximately 60% better in NRC (noise reduction) than the standard acoustical tiles. HVAC equipment is sound isolated from the classrooms and specified to have low operational noise. - Natural light / views. Our site necessitated a north / south orientation, so primary windows are to the east and the west. The sun has been controlled with large overhangs and orientation to limit glare and overheating. Large "light monitors" have…
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KANW is under construction and the steel and concrete block erection is well underway. The project includes the addition and remodel of the existing radio station headquarters located on Coal Avenue. Portions of the existing building are being remodeled including the entry, reception, store and toilet rooms. A second floor is being added which will include offices and a vocational classroom for high school students.
The new addition includes steel frame and light gauge framing, a new elevator shaft and new stairs to the second floor. Other primary construction materials include stucco, storefront windows, roofing, insulation, polished concrete, gypsum board, architectural steel fabrication, carpet tile, porcelain tile and casework. Baker A+D is looking forward to continuing to work with APS on this exciting project.
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