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Atwater Valley Prefab School For At-Risk Students Opens in Merced County, California
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On October 7, 2011 @ 12:33 pm In Architecture,Features,Prefab Housing,Sustainable Building | 1 Comment
The new Atwater Community Day School  is composed of a four-wing classroom building, administrative offices, art and science labs. The campus was specially designed to integrate educational, recreational and vocational facilities to fit the unique needs of 200 high school students, plus 30 sixth through eighth graders. Normally designing and building a special needs campus like this would take a bit of time, but Merced County and Gen7 were able to design, fabricate and install the entire school in just 6 months.
As for energy efficiency, the prefab school  makes use of state-of-the-art mechanical and ventilation systems combined with innovative smart lighting, daylight harvesting, a well-insulated building envelope, and a cool roof. One of the buildings features a sun-shading photovoltaic system that generates energy for the school, while the rest feature a metal shade device to minimize solar heat gain. Gen7 Schools is a division of American Modular Systems  and this is their first entire school campus. Despite that, they were able to achieve a 60% reduction in build time compared to traditional construction!
“Gen7 was the ideal solution for us, setting the standard for environmental design, performance and ease of maintenance. The facility will function at a higher level and so will the students, in bright, comfortable classrooms with better lighting, top-notch acoustics and a modern appearance,” says Terry Ruscoe, Director of Support Services with the County. “We anticipate at least 30 percent savings in utility costs and expect the buildings will have a 50-year lifespan, like conventional school construction.”
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 Gen7 Schools: http://inhabitat.com/gen7s-prefab-eco-classrooms-exceed-energy-code-by-30/
 Atwater Community Day School: http://www.city-data.com/school/atwater-community-day-ca.html
 prefab school: http://inhabitat.com/tag/prefab-school
 American Modular Systems: http://www.americanmodular.com/
 + Gen7 Schools: http://www.gen7schools.com/
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