Energy-Efficient Features Stand Out on New Intermediate School

Sustainability was a key factor in creating the new Hot Springs Intermediate School, located in Hot Springs, Ark., and features such as increased daylighting and improved energy efficiency were key design considerations. Local architecture firm, Douglas A. Arnold and Associates PLC, was selected to design the school. Valley Aluminum Products was brought in to fabricate and glaze the building, and a variety of products from Kawneer Company Inc. were selected to help increase the durability, sustainability and energy efficiency of the school. 

Because of the school district’s strict energy requirements energy efficiency was essential to the project. In order to meet the energy and lighting needs of the school while keeping within the project’s budget and design guidelines, architects used a combination of Kawneer’s 1600 SunShade® and custom sunshades. Using the company’s 190 Narrow Stile Entrance door rail materials, Valley Building Specialties built the outside perimeter of the vertical sunshade and then glazed the inside with perforated panels. These were incorporated into 1600 SunShade®, which helps control glare and maximize natural light.

In addition, Kawneer’s versatile Trifab® VG 451T storefront framing was utilized in the project. The building also incorporates a geo-thermal heating system and an insulated building envelope. Entrance vestibules also feature sloped glazing to allow for increased natural light.

Kawneer’s 350 Medium Stile Entrances were also used. These are designed for high traffic applications such as schools, incorporating the goals of making a good, aesthetic impression, while simultaneously withstanding the rigors of constant use. The entrances also feature Paneline® Exit Devices, which provide heightened security.