Building Materials for Educational Applications
Enable teaching and learning with the right exterior and interior solutions.
We all know that students learn better and teachers teach better when they are in an environment that is conducive to learning. When you are designing a new building or space for educational purposes, it is important to think about performance room by room, from hallway and classroom acoustics to durability in the hallways and gymnasium. At Interior Supply, we offer solutions and services for the design and construction of your school building that can help meet ANSI standards, earn LEED credits, and contribute to the long-term sustainability of the structure. From exterior insulation finish systems to acoustical wall and ceiling solutions, our expert sales team can help educate you and work with you to make the right choices for your new school. And after construction begins, we can deliver the materials on-site, when you want them, right where you want them, helping to speed up construction time and keep the process on schedule.
Protect the Exterior of Your School Building
Sustainable, Aesthetically Pleasing Solutions from Interior Supply
The new structure that you are designing, remodeling, or building needs to keep air in and the elements out. It needs to withstand the seasons, along with rapid changes in weather and temperature. The products and materials you choose should be easy to install, low-maintenance, and last for a long time. You also want to choose products that are aesthetically pleasing for the outside of your building, giving it an impressive, yet functional, facade.
You need building technology solutions that address the specific challenges of your building’s environment, yet provide the benefits of reducing long-term costs and enhancing performance in the long run. Your solutions need to help eliminate thermal leaks and minimize cold transfer through metal studs to help keep energy costs down and help create a comfortable interior environment.
We offer insulation solutions from companies like Dryvit, Henry, and Owens Corning that can help the exterior of your school building meet requirements from local building codes, specifications from the owner, and earn LEED credits.
Create an Environment Conducive to Learning
Inside the building, you need to create an environment that offers proper classroom acoustics that helps teachers teach and students learn. Classrooms need to have the proper lighting and hallways and offices need to have an aesthetically pleasing, professional look. The right building environment can help keep staff members happy and increase the learning potential for students.
It all starts with office acoustics and keeping noise levels reduced. Acoustic ceiling tiles and acoustic wall panels can help dramatically reduce noise, in both open and closed environments. ANSI Standard A12.60, which has been adopted in many states, recognizes the importance of good hearing environments for learning. To design a classroom to meet the ANSI Standard, consider the following:
- Reducing reflected sound by placing sound absorbing material in the ceiling plane
- Reducing plenum noise by using a high acoustical ceiling panel with a high CAC or ceiling attenuation class value
- Adding fiberglass insulation in wall cavities between gypsum board and sealing infiltration gaps
- Locating HVAC equipment away from classrooms and above hallways, cafeterias, and gymnasiums
Ceilings and Lighting
Lighting is also a critical factor in the classroom, and choosing the right ceiling system can contribute to a comfortable teaching and learning environment. But the right ceiling system can also help resist mold and mildew, which helps maintain the indoor air quality. Many acoustical ceilings are also made from high-recycled-content, which can contribute LEED credits to your building.
From a visual perspective, you can create an impressive look and feel to both open and closed spaces with metal ceilings, wood ceilings, and canopies.
The walls of your building can also contribute to the environment, and the materials they are made from need to be durable and last, especially in hallways. You can frame your walls with cold formed steel studs, metal studs or a complete drywall framing system. When it comes to finishing your walls, we offer a wide selection of gypsum boards for just about any application. We also offer wall systems that can bring a nice finish to the interior of offices.
We Can Help You Find the Right Products, Materials, and Solutions
There are many products from which to choose for interior and exterior applications, and for open and closed spaces, including music rooms and gymnasiums. You can spend your time flipping through catalogs and browsing websites, trying to learn about all of the products that are available and then trying to choose the right one. Or you can let our expert sales team help you cut through the mess and lend a hand. Our sales team has many years of experience, not only helping customers choose the right products, but also learning about the pros and cons of each product in various applications. You can rely on our expertise to help you make the right choices for your new school building, from EIFS on the outside to acoustical solutions for the inside.