Client: Foxcroft Academy
Foxcroft Academy approached us in the fall of 2011 with a great challenge: Design a dormitory for 36 students and 4 dorm parents by August of 2012. Along with their building committee, we set off to find a suitable site. Despite restrictions involving vernal pool setbacks we were able to secure a site. Then we assisted in finding a contractor through a selected interview process. Four contractors were interviewed and Bowman Constructors was selected. We used a construction manager process with a GMP (guaranteed maximum price) contract. Construction of the 11,500 s.f. building started in March and was completed successfully by the deadline of August 21. The “lodge” inspired design has a focus on natural light throughout, a hierarchy of scale elements, and an overall Maine experience for the boarding student population.
We take energy efficiency very seriously at our firm. Rather than just adding elements to achieve a rating, we integrate systems and materials to maximize the energy system of the entire design as a whole.
Some of the features of our design include:
- R-38 blown-in insulation
- Truss heel height that allows for proper eave insulation
- Fiberglass windows
- Energy Star rated Marvin Integrity windows
- R-21 exterior walls
- Blown-in insulation & exterior rigid insulation
Heating and ventilation:
- Radiant floor heating
- 2 wall-mounted LP Boilers
- HRV units throughout to maintain proper air changes for a “healthy” building