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In 2011, JRLA held their first day of classes. After the school year though, they were ready to expand to meet the needs of their growing student population. In 2012, JRLA purchased an existing school building in Detroit. Their goal was to grow this school by five classrooms and provide the teachers with a break room. They first renovated the existing building to ensure it would blend with the new space with a uniform and current learning environment, and then were ready for the classroom additions.
The IMS team built a single story modular addition that consists of a brick exterior and steel siding along with oak trim detailing on the interior to allow the space to blend seamlessly. The building addition is separated by a firewall and consists of five standard classrooms, one teacher break room, and one plumbing module.
The building was installed and secured in seven days, and the onsite work was completed in 84 days. The restrooms, with 8’ ceramic tile walls and solid surface counters with under mount sinks, were fully finished in the factory. The building is outfitted with classroom security locksets to ensure the safety of the occupants. The HVAC system were installed and completed onsite and consist of a 95% high efficiency gas furnace with energy recovery ventilator and a rooftop mounted condenser for each classroom. The modules were also built to accommodate AV equipment in every classroom.
Ventilation is monitored by a CO2 sensor in every occupied space. The building also features windows with vandal resistant glass, recessed lockers in the corridor, recyclable carpet tile, low maintenance ceramic tile walls, and low energy lighting controlled by occupancy sensors. The restrooms include automated plumbing fixtures and hand dryers, and washable ceiling tiles. The building was also designed to support a green roof system in the future.