Centennial School in Colorado Chooses Greenblock Insulated Concrete Form Wall System

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New High-Performance school will provide a healthy and productive learning environment for students.

ICF walls will provide year-round comfort for students and teachers and the school district will benefit from reduced energy bills and lower maintenance costs.

Greenblock® Worldwide Corporation announced that its Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) Wall System has been selected for the exterior walls of the Centennial school being built in San Luis, Colorado. The new PK-12 school will be one of the first Colorado schools to be built under the “Building Excellent Schools Today” or BEST program which oversees capital construction projects for Colorado schools, based on a grant application process.

This “high-performance” school will be extremely energy efficient while providing a healthy, safe and productive learning and working environment for its students and faculty. High-performing schools have been linked to a higher quality of education, reduced student absenteeism, higher student and teacher morale and enhanced overall health.

"Greenblock ICF walls were a great choice for this school," says Jeff Laurell, regional manager for Greenblock. "Temperatures in southern Colorado can be extreme, from very hot to very cold. ICF walls will provide year-round comfort for students and teachers and the school district will benefit from reduced energy bills and lower maintenance costs”.

Insulated Concrete Forms provide a solid-poured, steel-reinforced concrete wall system insulated with high R-value polystyrene foam insulation. ICFs create structures that are energy efficient, weather resistant, air-tight, quiet and comfortable.

The Centennial R-1 school district, along with SLATERPAULL Architects and general contractor HW Houston, have worked together to design and develop this new barrier-free, accessible, sustainable school which will provide the district’s students and faculty an exceptional learning and working environment for decades to come.

Insulated Concrete Walls, Inc. (ICW) is providing professional installation services for the projects 36,000 gross wall square feet of Greenblock 8-inch core ICF walls. The 73,000 square foot, one-story school will feature four wings with wall heights from 10-20 feet.

Construction of the school is underway and can be followed at: http://www.greenblock.com/project-photos.php

About Greenblock, Inc.:

Greenblock Worldwide Corp (http://www.greenblock.com) is a manufacturer of Insulated Concrete Form wall systems for the residential and commercial building industries. With its roots in Europe over 45 years ago, today's Greenblock is an ICF Industry leader recognized for its outstanding design and ease of use. Over the years, a significant number of structures have been built with Greenblock. Projects that range from stem walls, basements, single and multi-story residences, apartments, condominiums, towers and even swimming pools. Government agencies, schools, commercial and light industrial companies are now recognizing the superior features of insulated concrete form-built structures and are beginning to utilize them for their environmental, disaster resistance, energy conservation and sustainable benefits. ICF construction can reduce energy bills by up to 70 percent, block exterior noise, and resist extreme weather events like tornados and hurricanes. The construction method is rapidly gaining popularity, growing at about 25% annually.

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