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Lee A. Tolbert Academy

Posted on May 29, 2015 by in Build, Public Facilities, Schools and Public Facilities | 0 comments

Tolbert Interior Classroom

Project Elements:

Kansas City, MO

Contract Amount: $2,400,000

Total Square Footage: 35,000

Project Overview:

Merit negotiated a design build contract with the client and architect of record. Some of the challenges presented during the design and construction were the unique code requirements involving a charter school classifications and the addition onto an existing historic church. Major fire rating requirements were demanded and met during the construction process, i.e. rated ACT systems, sprayed fire proofing of structural members, fire sprinkler systems, 4 hour rated separation between the new and existing are just a few of the special requirements that were incorporated into the project. Even with all of these added cost Merit was able to construct this facility under $70 / SF which is exceptional for an institutional facility of this nature. These costs are merited by our experienced design build methods.

Major Building Features:


  • 3 story construction
  • EIFS / brick veneer
  • Curtain wall entry
  • Multiple classrooms
  • Skylight entry
  • Continuous sheet metal screen wall
  • Extensive electrical upgrade
  • Marble surfaces
  • EPDM ballasted roof