School Achieves LEED Gold with ALPOLIC Composite Panels
|Project:||The Lovett Portman Family Middle School|
|Fabricator:||Altech Panel Systems, LLC; Cartersville, GA|
|Installer:||SECO Architectural Systems|
|Architect:||Shepley Bulfinch Richardson Abbott; Boston, MA|
|General Contractor:||Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC|
|Exterior Panel Manufacturer:||ALPOLIC|
|Products:||4mm ALPOLIC/FR; Custom Grey, BNT Bone White|
In June 2008, construction of the new Lovett Portman Family Middle School began. Named for Jan and John Portman, donators of a $10 million unrestricted gift, the new school set out to reflect Lovett’s dedication to environmental stewardship.
Receiving LEED Gold certification and the EPA ENERGY STAR, the school features solar hot water, bamboo flooring, daylight sensors, and carpet containing recycled material. Additionally, the school acts as a teaching tool in itself by employing a 5,000 square foot roof garden that doubles as an outdoor classroom/lab and features an innovative irrigation system for harvesting rainwater. By building “green”, Lovett is projected to cut utility costs by tens of thousands of dollars per year.
According to the architects at Shepley Bulfinch Richardson Abbott, ALPOLIC aluminum composite panels also aided in the school’s focus on environmental sustainability. As stated by Jeanne Carey, AIA, LEEP AP, “Metal panels are a versatile, modern, and durable material. They provide good quality, ease of construction, and ability to achieve an energy efficient envelope.”
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