Enginuity provided structural engineering design services for an addition to and the renovation of IPS’ Cold Spring School No. 315, an Environmental Magnet School. The school sits on approximately 14 acres of natural area adjacent to the EcoLab of Marian College. The school focuses on an environmental curriculum for grades K-6, using the surrounding acres for hands-on learning in a unique outdoor classroom within the heart of Indianapolis.
The renovations to the existing building include removing the exterior load-bearing walls in two existing classrooms and extending the rooms outward, in addition to re-working the interior space to create four new classrooms.
The addition is approximately 6,800 square feet adjacent to the north end of the existing school. The addition includes new classroom space for kindergarten and first grade students, a new mechanical room, and a courtyard. The addition structure consists of steel framing with masonry shear walls.
Much of the existing classroom space was reconfigured to provide more space to meet current school standards and provide greater ADA access. It was necessary to remove load-bearing walls and replace them with transfer beams and posts to accommodate these changes.
Owner: Indianapolis Public School Corporation
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Architect: DkGr, LLC
Contractor: Ellis Mechanical/ Shook Construction
Construction Cost: $6,000,000
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