Daniel Brunton Elementary School, Springfield

THE CHALLENGE

As part of the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s Accelerated Repair Program (MSBA ARP), CBI was engaged to design window and door replacements at Daniel B. Brunton Elementary School in Springfield, MA.

The windows and doors are part of the original building construction from two different phases, the original construction in 1959 and an addition in 1974.  The windows and storefront systems are single pane glass in non-thermally broken window and door frames.  There are hollow metal doors and door frames.  The energy loss through these elements is significant.  In addition to the windows and doors, there are other building elements adjacent to the windows and doors, such as broken bricks and loose mortar, which contribute to the overall inefficiency of the building envelope, and cause of potential water and in air infiltration into the building.  Hazardous materials such as asbestos containing materials and lead paint were found to be present in the building.  The building does not have accessible toilet rooms.

CBI’S SOLUTION

All windows and storefront framing systems and single pane glazing were replaced with new thermally efficient aluminum framing systems, finished to resist corrosion, and glass with low-e insulated glazing.  All operable window units have seals and latches that significantly reduce air infiltration around the sashes and frame.

For windows which did not have shades, new mechanically geared shades were installed.  All existing hollow metal doors were replaced with new insulated hollow metal doors, but the existing frames were cleaned of rust, reused and refinished.

All existing steel lintels above the door and window openings was cleaned of rust and refinished and broken bricks and deteriorated mortar was replaced.  Window mounted air conditioning units were removed in one classroom and a split system air conditioning unit installed for the room. 

The cost of these repairs triggered required accessibility upgrades including new accessible entrance, bathroom, drinking foundation and public telephone.

All new windows and doors meet the insulation and solar heat gain coefficients of the Stretch Energy Code.