Keeping Pace with Population Boom
Given all the time in the world, Ardrey Kell High School would have been framed using conventional poured concrete and masonry construction. But with an ever-increasing population, Mecklenburg County needed to open a brand-new high school in less than two years. Offering a simple and high-quality solution, Tindall designed a precast, prestressed concrete framing system that saved time and delivered both short- and long-term cost benefits. Tindall produces, delivers, and installs quality products and specialized solutions.
Owner: Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education
Engineer: Stewart Engineering, Inc.
Contractor: White Construction Co.
Location: Charlotte, NC
- New facility relieved classroom overcrowding in time for the next school year.
- Delivered 258,000-sq.-ft. school in 20 months, from design to completion, cutting the schedule by 6 months.
- Factory cast-in passthroughs, chases, and exterior finishes reduced time-consuming, on-site HVAC electrical and masonry work.
- Sets the look for 21st century schools with sandblasted concrete with steel and glass accents
- Eliminates columns in classrooms and common areas with long spans
- Auditorium features precast risers and walls for an attractive assembly area.
- R-19 insulating value achieved by incorporating 4-in. of extruded polystyrene into the 10.5-in.-thick, load-bearing wall panels
- Interior corridor walls, which are load bearing for 20-in.-deep double tees, support the roof and upper level classrooms.
- 1,732 precast pieces including insulated and solid wall panels, double tees, columns, beams, and slabs