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Educational facilities see long-term benefits of fiber cement cladding

Educational facilities see long-term benefits of fiber cement cladding

Illumination panels made for a trouble-free, quick installation at a cost-effective price.


By By BD+C Staff | April 4, 2012
The design for Red Hawk Elementary School stems from the desire to create a vibr
The design for Red Hawk Elementary School stems from the desire to create a vibrant place for kids to learn. In an effort to ach

A 71,000-sf elementary school was recently constructed in Erie, Colo.; Red Hawk Elementary was developed as an addition to the St. Vrain Valley School District.

According to Ken Field, principal architect at RB+B Architects Inc., Erie, Colo., the design for Red Hawk Elementary School stems from the desire to create a vibrant place for kids to learn.

The approach to create this type of environment centers around a central space that is connected to all parts of the school and allows for multiple ways of interaction amongst and between students and teachers.

In an effort to achieve this design, RB+B Architects selected Nichiha USA to provide a durable yet modern, contemporary exterior finish. In addition to the modern, look of the panels, custom color options were a great concern to the architects when deciding on what product to use. Nichiha met all of their requirements.

The architects chose Nichiha’s Illumination Panel Series in a marigold color finish. This product was designed with a well-developed patented clipping system; the smooth large panels made for a trouble-free, quick installation at a cost-effective price.

Challenge: to design a modern, vibrant place for kids to learn.
Solution: Nichiha’s Illumination Panel Series made for a trouble-free, quick installation at a cost-effective price. Nichiha’s products are designed for long-term wear and tear, a perfect solution for a school setting.
Results: custom color options were a great concern to the architects when deciding on what product to use. Nichiha’s fiber cement panel system provided all of the requested needs.

“This project continues to illustrate the changing perception within the building and architectural communities of specifying fiber cement panels for educational facilities. Nichiha’s panels are quickly becoming products of choice for similar educational developments across the country; providing a low-maintenance product that has a contemporary, welcoming appearance,” says Doug Kennard, territory manager for Nichiha. “Nichiha’s Illumination Panel Series are ideal for new educational facilities like Red Hawk Elementary School. Our products are easy to install and create sustainable, sophisticated looking buildings.”

As inspiration for this space, the design team at RB+B Architects studied urban scenes during street festivals. During festivals, buildings on each side of the street frame the central space where multiple pavilions of vibrant colors and shapes are installed. The most important aspect of this scene is the movement of people. Their ability to weave in and around pavilions and buildings is a joyful part of experiencing the festival and became the central theme for the elementary design.

Architect: RB+B Architects
Location: Erie, Colo.
Project type: New construction
Product: Illumination Series
Project feature:

  • Modern, contemporary exterior finish
  • Color Xpressions System
  • Durability
  • Quick installation
  • Low-maintenance
  • Sustainability
  • Cost savings

“The Illumination Panel Series from Nichiha were a great fit for Red Hawk Elementary for many reasons. However, the size of the panels, the ability to order them in a custom color, and the ease of installation were the deciding factors for using them,” says Jason Kersley, project architect with RB+B Architects.

The partnership created with RB+B Architects and the St. Vrain Valley School District is a great representation on Nichiha’s continued commitment to the educational design community. Nichiha is excited to be part of such a fast growing design community and is looking forward to educating other architects on the benefits and advancements of utilizing fiber cement products for upcoming developments. BD+C

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