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Re: GSBN:Largest strawbale buildings?
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- Subject: Re: GSBN:Largest strawbale buildings?
- From: Tom Hahn tomhahn@...
- Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2007 11:42:46 -0700
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I'm working with a steel manufacturer in China, ArcelorMittal (an
Indian company), who is interested in developing a straw-bale wrap,
steel frame school in Qinghai province. Because the building they are
interested in building is fairly large, 3-4 stores building of about
2400 sqm (that's 25,833 sf for you 'murricans), the development
officer would like photos of and statistics about other large
Thanks in advance,
Hey Kelly & GSBN - We were part of designing and building a large
charter school campus with a concrete/timber post-and-beam frame and
straw-bale infill here in the Phoenix-metro (Arizona) area... It was
for Foothills Academy, in Scottsdale, Arizona, and was three
buildings totaling 22,000 s.f. It was included in the
recently-much-discussed straw-bale book Gernot Minke published.
Here are the specifics in your requested format...
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona (near Phoenix, Arizona)
(Use:) College preparatory high-school
Size: 22,000 s.f. total (over three buildings, the largest of which
was about 10,000 s.f.)
Number of storys: One
Year completed: 2002
Owner: Foothills Academy College Preparatory Charter School
Designer: Weddle+Gilmore (Architect); Sol Source Architecture (us as
the straw-bale/enviro. technical consultant)
Builder: Homes & Son Construction (General Contractors); Three
Rivers EcoBuilders (us as the straw-bale sub-contractor)
Structural Approach: Cast-in-place concrete columns, wood glu-lam
beams, wood framed roofs, straw-bale infill with three-coat
cementitious stucco finish. All steel-stud interior walls. It had a
full-blown fire-sprinkler system, and fire-alarm system, and passed
stringent requirements for institutional/school occupancy in the
Cost: $2.2 million ($100/s.f.... right on budget),
(Schedule:) constructed in total of 10 months (much to Homes & Sons credit!)
Energy Efficiency: no monitoring being done, only utility bills which
I don't have readily available.
Web site: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ssiarch.com/PROJECTS/200102_FOOTHILLScampus.html">http://www.ssiarch.com/PROJECTS/200102_FOOTHILLScampus.html</a>
(note that the above data is correct, and differs slightly from that
on this web page)
Kelly, hope that helps. Best wishes for your big s-b project. They
have a much different project "arc" than the smaller buildings we do
more regularly, and definitely pose a unique set of challenges to
alternative building techniques. We learned a great deal helping to
design and build this project, and had a lot of fun doing it... (I
thought I was going to pass out when the general contractor told us
we had 4-1/2 weeks to put in the nearly 2000 straw-bales estimated
for the building!! But we did it, and learned a lot about the "bale"
and about each other, and about working in the "mainstream".)
Best to everyone,
Sol Source Architecture; President/Principal Architect
Woolsey Studio,Inc.; Senior Architect
The Woolsey:Hahn Collaborative
"Engaging Architecture... Naturally Evolved..."
1340 East 8th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
ph 480.945.3440 x108