Provide structural design for an elementary school facility in a rural setting for a growing community, which minimizes construction costs and integrates educational occupancy with the needs of the community, including a library and a senior citizen’s lunch program.
The design of the new Warren Elementary School took a traditional approach to the design process with innovative design for a huge facility. This first class educational building encourages after-hours use by community residents by providing an entire wing that can be closed off to the educational population. The CBI team, using CAD analysis and drafting, assisted the architect with fast response to design changes as well structural options to support the new spatial ideas. The school building was designed in an L shape with the classroom wing and library/cafeteria/gymnasium wing interconnected via the community library. The framing for the 2-story classroom wing utilized a cost efficient open web steel joist and thin slab on metal deck system supported on exterior CMU bearing walls. The gymnasium wing incorporated exposed painted structural steel truss to clear span the larger spaces. The new building has huge truss girders that span the gymnasium and auditorium, while economical long span framing maintains an open feeling in the remaining spaces.