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The Folsom-Cordova Unified School District was in dire need of a new consolidated, centralized district office. The new administrative headquarters, with LEED Gold certification pending, eliminates the use of the current old and outdated buildings while physically and financially increasing the District’s efficiency. Serving as a beautiful, centralized landmark for the city of Folsom and the School District, the Education Services Center building unifies six spread out sites that extends over two cities.
Structurally, the 74,000 square feet tilt-up building posed as a unique challenge for Barrish, Pelham and Associates. Local site conditions, building height and mandated DSA structural compliance disallowed the use of a traditional Intermediate Precast Shear Wall lateral force resisting system. It was however deemed desirable to utilize a tilt-up system to achieve architectural aims for finish, durability and serviceability. The Special Reinforced Concrete Moment Frame panels were 16” thick, 52 feet tall and, in some cases, weighed over 160 kips. Accommodating architectural proportions required casting slots into the panel to allow ductile yielding of beams and to maintain strong-column weak-beam relationships. Slab dowels also had to allow for beam rotation yet provide required out-of-plane anchorage. Special detailing was required at infill panels to allow for drifting. Steel moment frames were added transverse to the building’s long axis to control drift. A Rammed Aggregate Pier (RAP®) foundation system was utilized which included uplift resisting piers.
These challenges and many others made for a structurally unique and architecturally beautiful structure that will serve the Folsom-Cordova Unified School District for years to come.