Modular Building Institute

San Tan Charter Academy

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Accelerated Construction Technologies
Accelerated Construction Technologies
Gilbert, AZ
Building Use:
Public Charter School, Grades K-8
Gross Size of Project:
49090 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    This project presented several challenges from a design point of view. Chief among them were meeting the design standards for Morrison Ranch. As the selected site was located in the master planned community of Morrison Ranch in Gilbert, Arizona, the project needed to conform to the stringent design standards set by the community. The floor plan focused on the building as a tool, providing a total teaching environment with student safety, separation of student age groups, and movement around the campus being paramount. In practice, the buildings house three separate schools; a preschool, k through 6th elementary, and middle school. Interior finishes were selected based on durability in a heavy use environment as well as meeting the client’s ideas in creating warm and inviting interior spaces that create an atmosphere conducive to learning. Much effort was put into color selections, lighting levels, sound levels, and technological infrastructure. The results speak for themselves.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    This building features a concrete second floor deck. This system was selected to provide greater noise control between the floors and disturbance in the classrooms.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    While this project used several elements, such as building orientation and placement on site, high performance fixed windows, low maintenance floor coverings, and minimized exterior finishes while detracting from the buildings appearance to achieve cost effectiveness, it was the modular approach and the time savings it provided that really provided the big return for the owner. As a school, it is imperative that this project was completed on time and budget. The students were coming no matter what. In the early days, this project suffered a significant time delay in the financing and property acquisition process. Had it not been for our ability to build offsite while the financing and property segments came together, this project could not have been completed prior to the expected start of classes. The owner found our unique ability to open the school on time under these circumstances to be extremely cost effective.
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