Sunman-Dearborn Intermediate School was designed as three distinct building modules—academic, administrative/media center/music, and physical education/cafeteria—linked by two identifying entry nodes. The interior main street serves as an access point for all modules and both nodes. Each classroom module is two levels, one level for each grade. Each grade has two shared CAPACITY900COST PER SQ FT$150.00FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio labs, centrally situated for all classrooms.
Brightly colored curtainwalls, flanked by undulating brick masonry walls, clearly define entry points. Unique facades reflect the internal functions of each building module. Their exterior finishes, taller prominence and distinctive orientation to each entry node accentuate the uniquely public spaces, including the cafeteria, media center and gymnasium.
Masonry exterior cavity walls constructed with masonry backup or metal stud backup achieve strength, durability and energy conservation. The four-pipe system uses two gas-fired boilers and two chillers with indoor evaporators. Variable-air-volume systems are used with energy recovery from exhaust air to outside air for ventilation.
Overall, Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corporation was provided with a design that not only met all of its needs, but also came in within budget and on time.