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Nebraska Chapter ACI page 10

HASTINGS MIDDLE SCHOOL PROJECT

Hastings Middle School Complex

This is a new 135,000 sf middle school for the Hastings Public School District. The design was a community wide effort involving HPS administration, middle school teachers, staff, students, parents, local civic groups, and local government agencies.

The use of these panels gave the Hastings Public Schools a very distinctive, durable, and economical building, while meeting a very aggressive schedule. The school was built for $115 per sf, which is a very low number for school construction.

Clark Enerson also worked closely with Concrete Industries to develop a design solution that incorporates a new and cost effective approach to the production of precast concrete panels. The process involved the use of form liners during fabrication to create different patterns in each panel.

A series of form liner templates were created and the templates were maneuvered and rotated differently during the production of each panel. The result was the creation of 240 panels, each one with a unique pattern. These unique patterns serve as a metaphor for the diversity of students who attend Hastings Middle School. Similarly, inset brick was inserted along the base of each panel in different patterns to reinforce the concept of diversity and to help reduce the scale of the panel. Each panel was manufactured and then transported to the site and installed in a very efficient and economical manner.

Kristine Lane, Kristi Nohavec, Nick Hanna and Mark Lafferty

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