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Faced with a need to manage the area's continued growth, Richland School District Two put together a 10-year master plan that included the construction of this new state-of-the art educational facility that will open its doors to 1,700 students in 9th-12th grade in the fall of 2012. EnduraMax Masonry Veneer was selected to clad the exterior of the 340,000 square foot facility, as well as wrap a number of interior columns.
EnduraMax was chosen for its look of natural stone without the high cost. In addition, the ability to manufacture the product at a regional facility with a percentage of recycled concrete offered additional LEED consideration. The placement grid provided by the insulated panels has increased overall construction speed and virtually eliminated what lead architect Chris Caudle calls the "oops" factor. "The installation is faster and cleaner than I expected," says Caudle. "The contractor needs to take care in the initial layout of the first few insulation panels, and it almost guides itself from there." To view the construction blog on this project, click here.
Architect Firm: AAG Associates, LLC - Beaufort, SC
Lead Architect: Christopher M. Caudle, Principal
Construction Management: M.B. Kahn Construction Co., Inc. -Columbia, SC
General Contractor: LeChase Construction - Charlotte, NC
Mason Contractor: Metro Masonry - Charlotte, NC
Product: Morency Stone - Richland Blend