While masonry construction has been popular in constructing school buildings due to its durability, the cost and inflexibility of masonry has caused many architects to find alternative materials.
When designing Sacred Heart Catholic School in Mississippi, the architect wanted to avoid using concrete block to cut costs and allow for reconfiguring the space should the need ever arise. He chose Fiberock® Brand Abuse-Resistant Panels that offer resistance to abrasion, indentation and puncturing, even in high-traffic areas, as well as Sheetrock® Brand Paper-Faced Metal Drywall Bead at the corners to eliminate nail-popping at corners and provide resistance to edge-cracking and chipping.
At Lime Kiln Middle School in Maryland, the goal was to build a functional school at a low cost and the county school officials insisted on using an abuse-resistant wall system. Both 1/2-inch and 5/8-inch Fiberock® Brand Abuse-Resistant Panels were fastened to metal-stud framing, from floor level up to 4 feet, in all classrooms and corridors. The remaining wall span to the ceilings features standard gypsum drywall. After 16 months of construction, the modern, attractive and functional building featuring the latest educational innovations was ready and open for the first day of school.
Spencer Armour, Braganza Associates P.C. Architect (Sacred Heart)
Walter Humphreys, Jr., Finishes Inc. Subcontractor (Lime Kiln)
55,000-square-foot, Sacred Heart
91,000-square-foot, Lime Kiln
needed building to hold up to children's abuse and look good for years to come
Sacred Heart—TBD, Lime Kiln—$9.165 million