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21 New Classrooms Installed at Seminole Schools Over Summer Break
LAKE MARY, Fla. - An innovation in concrete construction methods is creating greener schools with more hurricane protection and they go up so fast that entire schools can be built during a summer break.
Royal Concrete Concepts (RCC), a manufacturer of patented pre-fabricated concrete buildings, worked for Seminole Schools to remove 11 portables and then build 21 brand new state-of-the-art classrooms for five elementary schools. Bentley, Hamilton, Spring Lake and Keeth elementary schools each received an additional four classrooms while Partin Elementary received five all between June 16 and Aug. 11.
"We offer a need not currently met in the marketplace for sustainable, economical buildings designed and built in one-third the time," said John Albert, Vice President of RCC. He explained, "These buildings last twice as long at an overall lower cost."
The classrooms were made at RCC's assembly line in Okeechobee and then trucked 95% complete, including electrical wiring, plumbing and interior finishes such as white boards, tile floors and cabinets, to the schools. The RCC process is an inherently more sustainable approach to making buildings because the process is more precise and less wasteful than traditional brick-and-mortar construction. The buildings withstand Category 5 hurricane winds. The buildings save school districts 20 percent to 30 percent in initial costs, and have minimal maintenance bills and lower energy usage. They are all extremely quiet; mold, mildew and termite resistant; and fire resistant.
"The number of green buildings is expected to increase rapidly in the coming decades," according to Paul Nutcher, an expert in the LEED green rating systems. "As green buildings become the minimum standard in local building codes, companies such as RCC already using this approach are ahead of the game."
Wally Sanger, President and owner of Royal Concrete Concepts said, "With today's limited budgets and environment focus, school boards must be prudent with their constituents' money and good stewards of the earth. We believe applying the Henry Ford principles to building schools helps school districts achieve these goals."
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