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A Modern Facility for Modern Learning

March 5, 2010

Originally constructed in 1917, with many additions over the years, Riverside Brookfield High School in Riverside, IL, was beginning to feel its age when District 208 began looking at remodeling the building in 2005.

“The infrastructure was 90 years old at the time, with very few updates,” says Andy Joseph, senior design architect for Wight & Company, the architect in charge of the modernization project. “Classrooms with one electrical outlet didn’t have much [to offer for a] 21st-century education. There was no air conditioning, the heating systems were antiquated and hard to control, the lighting fixtures were original … it was described as a tired, old school.”

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Rent-a-Roof Concept Partners with PV Panels

In the late 1980s, the FJ Christiansen Roofing Co. of Milwaukee introduced an innovative leasing concept in which it would install an appropriate roof system on a building and lease the roof back to the building owner. Rather than use cash from the owner’s capital account, the roof would be expensed along with all other operating expenses on an annual basis.

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New Report Outlines Critical Issues in Healthcare Environments
The Center for Health Design (CHD) offers its Critical Issues in Healthcare Environments, which identifies more than 100 critical issues in healthcare facilities.
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New Guide for No-Cost/Low-Cost Energy Savings Available
The IFMA Foundation and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA)’s BetterBricks Initiative have produced a practical, real-world guide for facility managers that will teach them how to initiate no-cost or low-cost energy efficiency strategies.
Click here for complete article … Architecture Billings Index Drops Significantly
Beginning its third year of negative conditions, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI), which reflects the approximate 9- to 12-month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending, dropped nearly 3 points in January.
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Sustainable School Design
Energy-efficient schools help educate students on sustainability and save on the bottom line for school districts.
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Get Educated on Prototype Design
With school districts across the country outgrowing their aging or too-small educational facilities, school boards and officials are faced with a multifaceted dilemma: renovate or build new? Using a prototype design for your school district can save time and money.
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The High-Performance Roof: Synergy in Action
To work effectively, high-performance roofs must be addressed in a holistic manner vs. looking at one component at a time.
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The Savings Predictor application by Yaskawa
Yaskawa’s Savings Predictor application estimates energy savings when using a variable frequency drive instead of conventional volume control methods.
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Acoustical Fire Vent by Bilco
The Bilco Company modified the design of its acoustic automatic Type ACDSH fire vent, resulting in an increase in its sound transmission class (STC) rating from 45 to 46.
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LeakBarrier NR500HT Ice and Water Armor by Tarco
Tarco’s LeakBarrier NR500HT Ice and Water Armor is a 40-mil-thick, premium, non-reinforced roofing underlayment.
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