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By 2001, the high school in Chilton, Wisconsin was in need of major repairs. Built in 1934, the historic building needed a new roof and revamping of heating and cooling systems. District officials, after examing several options, went to the community with a $28 million referendum to build a new school. The community approved the referendum and Hoffmann, LLC took on the task of designing the new school, with requirements that it be energy efficient and reflect state-of-the-art sustainable building practices.

The extensive daylighting and "green" features employed in the design are based on principles developed by the Daylighting Collaborative. Such architectural principles are designed to enhance student learning, improve air quality, reduce energy consumption, and reduce the school's impact on the environment. The new school is known for its innovative use of clerestory windows in the academic wing and the large walls of windows in the Commons and Library. The school also features a Performing Arts Center that seats 730 people.


CompuSteel Detailing, Inc. detailed all of the structural steel for the Commons, Gymnasium, Performing Arts Center, and the Library. The complexities of the "green" design included a large exposed rolled joist Entry/Commons area. This design, incorporating natural lighting and the ability to make adjustments to the lighting for energy savings, required many more windows to be integrated into the structural system, making tolerances on the rolled beams critical. Our company also detailed an extensive catwalk system for the auditorium. CompuSteel was able to meet schedule requirements and deliver drawings on time.


Sequence 1 was sent for approval within 2 weeks of start of detailing. The second sequence of drawings were sent for approval within 4 weeks. All drawings were sent for fabrication within 2 weeks of return from approval.

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