The architect presented Prince William County Public Schools with four prototypes designed to respond to a variety of site conditions. Of the four, school officials chose two—a one-story plan and a two-story plan. Bristow Run Elementary School is the fifth prototype school built in Prince William County based on one of the two prototypes.
Because of a bed of CAPACITY825COST PER SQ FT$104.70FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio rock on the site, the two-story prototype was chosen to reduce the amount of blasting needed to build a solid foundation.
Other design features include: an oversized core to facilitate future expansion for 300 students; interchangeable primary and intermediate classrooms; a thermal ice-storage plant reduces electrical power required to cool the building; a four-pipe, fan-coil unit system provides treated and fresh makeup air to control temperature and humidity; the building is equipped with a fully automated temperature-control system; building-wide local-area network (LAN); closed-circuit television (CCTV) capabilities; integrated telecommunications phone system.
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