Jefferson Elementary School, Additions and Remodeling

Omaha, Nebraska


Jackson-Jackson & Associates, Inc.


Omaha Public Schools


62,200 sq.ft.

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This project remodeled and expanded an existing 36,000-square-foot school to a 62,200-square-foot facility. The objectives of the project were to provide enough instruction space to accommodate 575 students, including classrooms and specialized learning areas, and to improve energy efficiency, security, safety and the learning environment.

A ground-loop heat-pump system was used throughout the building for heating and cooling to reduce energy costs. Clerestories in existing classrooms were maintained to introduce natural reflective light into classrooms and subsequently into adjacent corridors; thermally efficient windows replaced single-pane glass to improve energy efficiency. Regarding safety, building access is controlled with the use of card readers at all entries; site traffic was segregated; and the new kindergarten wing was constructed as a tornado shelter to accommodate the full school population.

Community use also was a key element in the design, as the building was designed to be segregated after school hours. A new multipurpose room with support spaces was provided to accommodate after-school community activities.

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Product suppliers specified

Washroom/Shower Partitions by Comtec
Waste Receptacles by Bobrick
Wire Management by B-Line
Wire Management by Benko
Wire Management by Pass & Seymour
Doors by Curries
Doors by VT Industries
HVAC Control Devices by Markel
Movable Partitions/Walls by Modernfold
Door Hardware by Best Access Systems
Door Hardware by McKinney
IAQ Devices by McQuay
Emergency Lighting by Cummins
Carpet by Lees
Card Systems by Best Access Systems
Draperies/Blinds by Pella
Lighting & Accessories by Columbia Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Prescolite
Windows by Pella
Washroom Fixtures by American Standard
Washroom Fixtures by Bradley Corporation
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Cabinets by Armstrong World Industries
Cabinets by Moorman Metallic
Laundry Equipment by Whirlpool
HVAC Units by McQuay
Skylights by Major Industries
Athletic Equipment by Porter Athletic Equipment
Scoreboards/Clocks by Fair-Play Scoreboards
Clocks/Time Management by Electronics Sound, Inc.
Signage by Metal Arts
Signage by Best Sign Systems
Kitchen Equipment by Kolpak
Kitchen Equipment by Koch
Kitchen Equipment by Beverage Air
Kitchen Equipment by Low Temp
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Claridge
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Hirshfields
Plumbing by American Standard
Plumbing by Bradley Corporation
Plumbing by Elkay
Plumbing by Kohler
Plumbing by Sloan Valve
Roofing by GAF Materials
ADA/Compliance Equipment by Bobrick
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Larsen's
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Fire Guard
Locks by Best Access Systems
Ceramic Tile by Dal-Tile
Flooring by Armstrong World Industries
Washroom Accessories by Bobrick
Communications Systems by Rauland-Borg
Physical-Education Flooring by Armstrong World Industries
Insulation by Dow
Insulation by Owens Corning
Lockers by Lyon Workspace Products
Brick/Masonry by Acme Brick
Brick/Masonry by Yankee Hill Brick & Tile
Cafeteria Furniture by Palmer Hamilton
Paint/Wallcoverings by Diamond Vogel
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