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In the beginning stages of construction, The Ernie Pyle Middle School Sixth Grade Building is starting to take shape. What started with the installation of fifty-eight auger cast piles has quickly moved on to steel and concrete block erection, framing and HVAC installation. The recent erection of the second floor steel has made evident the presence the final project will have within the campus and the greater neighborhood. The project addresses many of today's educational design challenges regarding light, sound, comfort and student interaction.

The design takes into account the overall campus circulation and raises all the general classroom space up on pilotis allowing for movement across the site and direct access to the existing basketball courts and the main play field. Incorporated into this exterior circulation space is a concrete pyramid which acts as an outdoor teaching area and gathering space for students as well as the western access point to the second floor classrooms. A big part of the design was the incorporation of solar, both passive and active. Photovoltaic panels are incorporated into the facade as part of a shade awning which controls the natural day light entering the second floor classrooms. The central corridor, which will also be used for displaying student work, features a large light monitor which runs the length of the building and brings natural light into the space. The project is scheduled to reach LEED Silver Certification and will be completed in February of 2016.
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