Educational Leadership Center - Electrical
The Cedar Rapids Community School District, which serves 16,000 students, was hard hit by historic flooding in Cedar Rapids in June 2008. Five school district support buildings were destroyed during the disaster. The decision was made that when rebuilding, all of the services and departments housed in those five buildings would be co-located into one new facility, the new Educational Leadership and Support (ELS) Center.
The Center houses administration, a professional development center, public meeting spaces, graphics and printing, buildings and grounds (building maintenance, carpenters, and painters), custodial and grounds, purchasing and warehouse and transportation services. Indirect lighting is used throughout the occupied spaces providing for an even distribution of light. In occupied spaces, lighting is controlled by occupancy sensors connected to digital lighting management (DLM) system and network communications systems for maximum lighting control. Daylight harvesting controls are used for major common spaces, reducing energy usage when artificial lighting is unnecessary. Security/access control uses a microprocessor based system that controls electronic locks for access and door holders for lock down events. Access is programmed to allow restricted access to each department of the campus, controlled per user access rights and by time of day. The lockdown function can be initiated by use of a remote "panic" switch and is linked to the mass communication function of the Fire Safety system to alert occupants by flashing amber strobes. The learning center can be configured to one large room or several small rooms. Each has overhead projectors and screen that retract and the sound system that ties into the lighting in each room for single point control. A broadcast studio has lighting that is optimal for media interviews.
The new ELS Center was built as a 100-year facility, meant to last for decades yet provide flexibility to best serve the growing needs of the district. Because of the sustainable features and efficiencies designed into the building, it will be economical to maintain. The district estimates energy savings will be 50 percent better than base model codes.