Daylight and efficiency at Hot Springs school

The basics: When the Hot Springs School District, Hot Springs, Ark., needed to alleviate overcrowding in its existing facilities, they decided to build a new, larger intermediate school — a state-of-the-art facility, with sustainability at the forefront. The building envelope of aluminum, glass and brick offers increased daylighting and improved energy efficiency, and an open floor plan allows natural light to penetrate throughout the two-story school. Entrance vestibules feature sloped glazing to allow for increased natural light to enter the building. A greenhouse, which was incorporated into the school as a part of its science curriculum, features a skylight that provides smooth appearance and helps minimize heat loss and condensation.

The players: Architect, Douglas A. Arnold and Associates PLC, Hot Springs; owner, Hot Springs School District; contract glazier, Valley Aluminum Products, Hot Springs; framing supplier, Kawneer Co., Norcross, Ga.

The glass and systems: To help control glare and maximize natural light, a combination of Kawneer’s 1600 SunShade and custom sunshades were used. Using Kawneer’s 190 Narrow Stile Entrance door rail materials, Valley Building Specialties built the outside perimeter of the vertical sunshade and then glazed the inside with perforated panels. These were incorporated into 1600 SunShade. The school features Kawneer’s Trifab VG 451T Storefront Framing for additional thermal and performance options. Kawneer 350 Medium Stile Entrances were used for durability.