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November 1, 2012

ALPOLIC Composite Panels Help Georgia School Achieve LEED Silver

ALPOLIC Composite Panels Help Georgia School Achieve LEED Silver
Project:New Arabia Mountain High School
Location:Lithonia, GA
Fabricator:Altech Panel Systems; Cartersville, GA
Architect:Perkins & Will; Atlanta, GA
Installer:SECO Architectural Systems
General Contractor:Turner Construction Company
Exterior Panel Manufacturer:ALPOLIC
Products:4mm ALPOLIC PE; MST Mist White
Completion:September 2008

In 2008, New Arabia Mountain High School became the first Georgia public school to receive LEED Certification. Despite doubts surrounding the environmental design and the potentially high cost, fabricators at Altech Panel Systems were able to utilize ALPOLIC aluminum composite panels as a means of making their vision a reality.

Receiving LEED Silver Certification, the school employs recycled material throughout the building, as well as low flow fixtures to greatly reduce water use. According to the architects at Perkins & Will, the building is currently being tracked at only forty four percent of what would otherwise be its normal daily water consumption amount.

In addition, the school also features recycle bins, a rainwater harvesting system, and uses sunlight as a means to reduce energy costs. The ALPOLIC panels, in the MST Mist White finish, reflect heat off the exterior of the school to further cut unnecessary energy usage.

Shawn Hamlin, one of the school’s primary architects, credited the ALPOLIC panels with having provided a “…stable and dimensioned product for high profile areas of the project.”

photos and information © Altech Panel Systems

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