Meadowbrook Elementary School

Project: Meadowbrook Elementary School
Location: Gainesville, Florida
Owner: Alachua County Public Schools
Construction Cost: $16.5 Million
Project Size: 103,500 SF
Completion: July 2012Meadowbrook Elementary School was the School Board of Alachua County’s first new school constructed in over a decade. The 20-acre site posed several challenges including subsurface conditions, poor drainage, and severe topography (60’ of fall across the site). Thanks to a well thought out civil design and proper planning in pre-construction, the site work element of the project flowed smoothly, helping put the project off to a good start and allowed picking up time in the projected schedule.

The main schoolhouse is a 2-story, concrete tilt wall building with bar joists and a mixture of standing seam metal roof and modified bituminous roofing systems. The concrete tilt wall panels feature several different finishes, including a clapboard (lap siding) profile, smooth profile, and real brick, set in form liners to simulate a running bond pattern. The MEP systems feature 2 – 160 ton chillers outfitted with bi-polar ionization modules that allow for less outside air leading to higher efficiencies. This is just one of the many “green” features throughout the school which received 4 Green Globes (LEED Platinum equivalent).