North Smithfield Middle School
North Smithfield, Rhode Island
RGB, in collaboration with Gilbane Building Company, conducted an in-depth evaluation of several North Smithfield public schools. The Master Plan that resulted recommended three phases of construction: a new middle school, a new elementary school, and upgrades and expansion of the existing high school.
The proposed new middle school received bond approval by the Town of North Smithfield in April 2006. RGB designed this school for a 550 student capacity totaling 105,000 square feet. Designed with future expansion in mind, the facility also has a flexible design to support multiple teaching formats. Construction was completed in August 2008 with a cost of $32 million.
National Grid/Advanced Building Core Performance Superior Energy Efficient Design for High Performance Schools 2008/2009
Low Impact Development (LID) techniques where also utilized for the stormwater runoff. Underground infiltration systems were utilized to provide post development stormwater volumes equal to or less than predevelopment conditions. This site is located in an environmentally sensitive area and the techniques employed resulted in quick approval from RIDEM.
A new public well was drilled to supply additional water to the site. The old constant speed duplex domestic booster system was upgraded to a variable speed quadruplex domestic water booster pumps and control system. Over 1,700 feet of 2" PVC and 1,300 feet of ductile iron pipe were installed for the domestic water distribution system. On the fire protection system, over 1,900 feet of 8" ductile iron pipe was provided.
Part of the stormwater treatment system included six (6) under detention system two (2) of which were infiltration systems. Approximately 1,700 feet of 36 inch perforated pipe was installed for the infiltration system and over 8,400 feet 36 inch was installed in the underground detention systems.