ArchDaily.com: Laurel Park Elementary School

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Laurel Park Elementary School is a new 900-student school crafted from a renovation of an existing pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Apex, NC. The existing structure was completely gutted leaving only the structural frame, exterior walls with metal panels, roof systems, cooling tower, and boiler. While there were very few existing windows and doors, all were removed and recycled. The lower 7’-0” of metal panels were removed and used to patch areas of the existing facades that were damaged. This 7’-0” datum was replaced with cement panels for durability purposes. New windows were located to provide for optimal daylighting in the classrooms and offices. Car and bus canopies were added to indicate main access to and from the school. On the interior, a new 2nd floor level was fitted inside the warehouse sized spaces. All new interior walls, doors, glazing, and finishes were also added. READ MORE…

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