Rio Grande High School ISP/Health Bldg
- Location: Albuquerque, NM
- Climate Region: 4B: Mixed - Dry
- Building type(s): Health care, K-12 education
- New construction
- 28,000 ft2 (2,600 m2)
- Project scope: a single building
- Suburban setting
- Completed January 2011
- Rating: U.S. Green Building Council LEED for Schools 2.0 (2007)--Level: Gold (pending)
The ISP/Health Building is a mixed-use classroom and health building. ISP (Intensive Support Program) is a state-funded program for students ranging from severely disabled, medically fragile students to higher-functioning autistic students. The building shares health care uses along with the classrooms to provide care for these students as well as for the overall population of high school students. There is an additional component called SBHC (School Based Health Center) that extends health care and counseling services further to the families of Rio Grande High School students.
Flexibility in environment was of extreme importance. The ISP's special-needs student base has varied sensitivities to temperature, light, breezes, tactile surfaces, and noise, among other things. The spaces normally used by the students needed to be variable in regard to environmental conditioning; for example, one classroom might need to maintain a certain temperature, whereas an adjacent classroom might need to be warmer or cooler. All of these variations were accommodated in the design of the building so that the full spectrum of needs could be met. Most of the students have hyper sensitivities and are more vulnerable to VOCs and chemicals used for cleaning; these chemicals have been dramatically reduced or eliminated in the design.
Owner & Occupancy
- Owned and occupied by Albuquerque Public Schools, Local government
- Typically occupied by 91 person, 37.5 hours per person per week; and 85 visitors per week, 1.5 hours per visitor per week
Classroom (40%), Office (30%), Medical treatment (20%), Restrooms (10%)
Interpretive landscape (30%), Garden—decorative (30%), Shade structures/outdoor rooms (30%), Pedestrian/non-motorized vehicle path (10%)
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