F10−Special Construction

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Avoiding Problems in Aquatics Facilities: Atypical design for atypical buildings

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There are many issues to consider when designing a natatorium, including the choice of structural systems, building enclosure components, mechanical systems, and the operation of adjacent spaces in multi-use facilities. The intent of this article is to discuss the typical problems that the authors have investigated in over a dozen existing natatoriums and provide practical guidance for avoiding those problems through diligent and careful design and construction.

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Richardsville Elementary – NET ZERO


September 2010 marked the grand opening for Richardsville Elementary, the First Net-Zero Insulated Concrete Form School in the U.S. Warren County School district, the school board responsible for Richardsville, has been building energy efficient schools that are being recognized for their innovation across the United States.

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Planning Music Suites for Secondary Schools

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The secondary school music suite is comprised of all the rooms or areas used for music education, including rehearsal and practice spaces and storage for instruments, sheet music and apparel. Three key factors should be addressed in music suite design. Good acoustics enable critical listening; an effective space plan speeds traffic flow and logistics; and proper storage safeguards expensive equipment.

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