Proj Overview

Project Overview

Administrators at the new state-of-the-art Fayetteville Elementary School created an aggressive 12-month schedule for the new building to allow students to make the transition with the school year. It holds 600 students and serves as a prototype-design, with four kindergarten, 20 standard, and four special-education classrooms, along with 10 small group-instruction rooms, a music room and an art room.

The architect’s designed the building using Smart School Design criteria, which emphasize qualities of sustainable, high-performance design and fiscally responsibility. 

Precast Solution

The tight construction schedule necessitated the use of precast concrete hollow-core plank for floor framing on the second level. The planks could be produced off-site and erected very quickly once the structural framing was in place. It also provided maximum loading capacity, and fit the Smart School Design criteria.

The planks used recycled materials, offered little construction waste, and were manufactured locally with local materials, minimizing transportation costs.


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Project Team


Crabtree Rohrbaugh & Associates 


Center Point Engineering, Inc. 

General Contractor

ECI Construction, LLC 


Chambersburg Area School District 

Precaster and Precast Specialty Engineer

Nitterhouse Concrete Products Inc. 

Key Project Attributes

  • Combined floor and ceiling pieces reduce material needs, speed construction and lower building height. 
  • Hollow-core can be used with a variety of structural systems with no challenges arising. Precast concrete’s inherent fire resistance eliminates additional steps to provide fireproofing. 
  • Precast concrete’s inorganic composition combats mold and mildew in student housing where maintenance can be lax.
  • Hollow-core plank reduces noise and vibration between floors. 
  • Fabricating components off-site reduced site congestion and sped construction.
  • Recycled content, minimal waste, and local manufacturing aid sustainable-design criteria.

Project/Precast Scope

  • Elementary school.
  • 83,190 square feet.
  • Two levels.
  • Precast concrete hollowcore planks.