The new Georgie D. Tyler Middle School is a two-story, 115,000-square-foot facility which includes “grade houses” for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. It is Virginia’s first public middle school to take advantage of the many benefits of high performance structural/architectural precast concrete wall panels. The aesthetic requirements and unique exterior design concept were new to the school community and ultimately led to a PCI-117 / Architectural Precast designation. At full capacity, the school is designed to accommodate up to 800 students. Tindall provided a total of 198 Architectural precast concrete wall panels to fully clad the building. Wall panel installation required only one month of the 14-month project duration which accelerated the building dry-in and allowed other trades to contribute to a reduced overall project duration.
Owner: Isle of Wright County Schools
Architect: RRMM Architects, Chesapeake, VA
General Contractor: Ritchie Curbow Construction, Newport News, VA
The precast wall panels include a buff colored concrete mix with varying sandblast depths to provide contrasting surface appearances as part of the overall Architectural concept. The exterior design takes advantage of cast-in, thin-set brick to shape the design concept and provide a background for the accent features created by the buff concrete surfaces. The precast concrete wall panels vary in thickness, from 9” at the at the base of panels and around the window sills, to 7-5/8” at the thinner locations to add another architectural feature to the design and set off key elements in the building design.
The architectural precast wall panels serve a multi-purpose function. They are utilized as the primary lateral shear resistance system for the structure and are designed as load bearing elements on the perimeter of the building. The load bearing capability creates a building design that is more efficient by eliminating support columns at the exterior walls.
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With this project being the first precast middle school in Virginia, there was a lot of importance placed on aesthetics, schedule, and safety. Tindall not only excelled at these requirements, but it was done with the utmost professionalism. I thank you and your team for your hard work, commitment, and team work in helping make this another successful project.
— Summer Oostra, Project Manager, Ritchie-Curbow Construction Co., Inc.