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Antilles Elementary School Design-Build RFP

RS&H provided the multidiscipline architecture and engineering to develop a design-build request for proposal (RFP) for a new elementary school. We performed an original planning charrette. In 2011, we modified the design to meet 21st Century Education curriculum. When the design was revised to meet the new criteria, our team spent time working with the Domestic Dependents Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) Area Service Center leadership to define goals. We also conducted presentations to the educators at Antilles to help introduce the 21st Century Education curriculum and define how a new curriculum would affect the new school design. Through indepth client interviews, the design team was able to develop a responsive and effective design-build RFP, which met 21st Century Education concepts while staying within budget and land resources.  

The facility will be LEED Silver certified. Some innovative design requirements include a small demonstration-size green roof, photovoltaic farm, and wind farm. These provide students with outdoor learning opportunities, which are especially significant given the climate of Puerto Rico. Also, traffic circulation was a challenge due to the school site’s residential area. The final design will improve local traffic circulation and enhance safety for the students walking from adjacent housing areas.  

District Superintendent Office

RS&H provided multidiscipline architecture and engineering design of a new administration facility for the District Superintendent at Fort Bragg. The facility includes offices, conference rooms, and other support/administration areas, as well as a multimedia training room for continuing education use. The facility also includes historic artifacts and photo documentation of the history of Department of Defense Educational Activity (DoDEA) Schools on Fort Bragg.  

The design and placement of the building is intended to maximize the view and filter daylight on the wooded side of the facility. The building is designed to meet LEED Silver Certification, as well as meet or exceed all executive orders, including a 40 percent energy reduction as established by ASHRAE 90.1. The building includes a number of sustainable and energy reduction features, including photovoltaic parking lot lamps, photovoltaic roof panels, natural day lighting, clerestory windows, building automation systems, and recycled paving and walks. 

Training Support Center

RS&H served as the Designer of Record for the Training Support Center (TSC), a facility that will be used to fabricate, maintain, store, and issue training devices, including the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES).  The facility was sized to support the more than average of 5,000 components associated with a standard Brigade MILES Set. The TSC is composed of five main types of functional areas:

  • Training space (classrooms)
  • General administrative spaces (customer waiting area, administration offices, device maintenance and repair area)
  • Warehousing and storage (shipping/receiving loading dock, device fabrication, warehouse/storage area)
  • Special functional use areas (latrines, student/staff break areas, secure operations storage, retail device storage)
  • Support spaces (janitor closet, mechanical/electrical space)

The facility includes a simulations center with high STC sound isolation for the weapons simulation. BIM was utilized for the design, which facilitated coordination and communication during the Design-Build process.

The building is LEED Silver certifiable, as directed by USACE.  The design achieved in excess of 50-percent energy savings over ASHRAE 2007 through the use of an efficient HVAC system, high efficiency heating water system, a well-insulated and tight building envelope, and the application of renewable energy systems.  The exterior entrance walkway is provided with solar powered bollard lighting and roof-mounted solar photovoltaic panels provide approximately 36kW of solar generated power to offset the building’s power usage.

Kingsolver-Pierce Elementary School

RS&H led the design Charrette and is providing full design services for the preparation of Design-Bid-Build construction documents for this new elementary school.  During the Charrette stages, RS&H worked with a Certified Value Specialist to conduct an Integrated Value Based Design Charrette.  This is an integrated approach to concept level design and value, which allows stakeholder to establish a hierarchy of building characteristics and components, as well as optimize the project for available funds.  

The new facility, which will replace and consolidate two existing elementary schools, is being designed utilizing BIM. 21st Century education curriculum are incorporated throughout the facility, including libraries, learning hubs with flexible studios, central commons with a stage, outdoor classrooms, general administrative areas, state-of-the art kitchen and food processing technologies and dining facility, and all associated support spaces required for a fully functioning facility.  Located in the Fort Knox Historic District, the building features brick and limestone façade with site features that complement the surrounding context.  

Designed as a LEED Silver facility, there are numerous sustainable design elements throughout, including daylighting features and a geothermal heat pump system.