Educational Facilities For New Building Code Regulations

1183 WordsOct 12, 20155 Pages
Educational facilities designed and built between 1950 and 1970 have come to a point in their building’s life cycle that it is time for them to retire. These schools are no longer viable to keep running because of the financial strain to upgrade to new building code regulations. This means a flux of education construction is upon us. This also means that these schools, unless they are private, will be given a bond issue awarded by the state. Traditionally, schools are one of the tightest budgets to work with because they need to get the most for their money. One mindset that will save the owner money in the long term is thinking about life cycle cost and maintenance. One of the biggest issues with any new construction is the maintenance cost of running the building years after completion. Now this could mean many things from the HVAC to the paint on the walls. In schools, the interior finishes are not changed very often; therefore, need special attention. Today interior finishes are being selected more carefully in order to save money on maintenance cost, longevity, and durability. A big maintenance cost to schools is the flooring. Traditionally, schools have chosen vinyl composition tile, or VCT, for the majority of the flooring. When the schools were built sixty years ago this was the best option for longevity. Today that is not the case. In fact VCT flooring is no longer financially or ecologically efficient for the progressive future of educational facilities. There

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