Accelerating the schedule for the five schools had dual benefits: it saved money and relieved the extreme overcrowding that was driving the new construction. Myrtle Beach Middle School, St. James Middle School, Socastee Middle School, Socastee Elementary, and Ten Oaks Middle School were bundled together to garner economies of scale and speed.
The goal went beyond net zero to designing and engineering the schools to be energy positive. Their calculations predicted that the county would save millions per year and over the life of the buildings.
Read more about this project in the Winter 2022 issue of Ascent.
One critical element in energy efficiency was the use of precast concrete hollow-core slabs for the floor and roof structure. Gate Precast worked with the design-build team to provide an unusual application for the slab.
The reason for hollow-core and what was gathered from their research, is that steel-framed buildings lose heat very quickly.