Arthur Temple, Jr. Upper School

Austin, Texas

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The new Arthur Temple, Jr., Upper School Academic Center includes two separate buildings comprising a total onstruction square footage of 21,400 SF. The larger classroom building is a two-story, 17,900 SF wood framed on concrete structure with Austin stone & hardi siding, SIPS roof structure over lightweight wood & steel trusses with metal roof, operable windows.  Each classroom opens to an outside corridor and has its own HVAC to complement the operable windows as an energy saving feature and helps the building melt into the beautiful scenery seen from inside the classrooms.  The student center, which also houses the new teacher’s lounge and a student commons area, is a single-story, 3,500 SF structure composed of the same materials as the classroom building, but with a modified bitumen roof.  Sustainability and green design were key elements of the new Academic Center; sustainable elements include but are not limited to operable windows in every room to allow for open-air cooling, dedicated AC units for classrooms minimizing unnecessary energy-use for cooling, motion-sensitive fluorescent lighting, and a SIPS roof structure with metal roof system, which provides significant energy savings.  This project was awarded both the Association of Builders & Contractors Eagle Award and the Associated General Contractors Excellence in Construction Award (Central Texas chapters).

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