A structural mix of gray cement with added pigment was used in place of a traditional architectural mix in Falcon High School’s specially-engineered insulated wall panels. At a cost of 35% less than traditional architectural sandblast wall panels, this was an ideal solution given the project’s financial constraints. A cost-benefit analysis concluded that a precast concrete insulated wall panel system offered the best solution for cost savings and accelerated schedule, and provided for a durable, maintenance-free building envelope. Employing state-of-the-art design techniques and materials with the goal of achieving LEED® certification, the project showcases these innovative wall panels.
Following LEED® guidelines, the school is a model of sustainable architecture. The high-performance panels lower energy consumption by 40%, and eliminate the need for additional insulation. These durable, insulated wall panels require no maintenance or expensive upkeep, and will continue to provide energy and cost-saving benefits throughout the life of the school.
At a cost of 35% less than traditional architectural sandblast wall panels, this was an ideal solution given the project’s financial constraints.
Approximately 91,000 square feet of prestressed wall panel area was erected in less than five weeks.
Insulated wall panels were used in the gymnasium and auditorium to reduce energy expenditure. The dual-purpose truss wall functioned as both an architectural skin and a structural load-bearing element. In addition, it provided the benefit of a high R-value.