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SFL + a Architects Announces Completion Of Snipes Academy Of Arts & Design

Submitted by: MMI Public Relations

2012-03-08 09:44:47

Fayetteville, NC (OPENPRESS) March 9, 2012 -- SfL+a Architects ( has announced the firm's completion of Snipes Academy of Arts & Design in Wilmington, N.C. for New Hanover County Schools. At a cost of $10.8 million, the 89,850-square-foot Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Registered educational facility is built to serve 600 students, providing roughly 150 square feet per student. The two-story structure includes a full gymnasium and 500-seat auditorium covered by an Energy Star hybrid built-up roof. Other cost-saving features of the energy efficient building include face brick exterior walls, Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) interior walls, interior painted CMU and gypsum board on metal studs, acoustical tile ceilings and vinyl tile floors, aluminum windows with insulated glass, hollow metal door frames and wood doors. Further site work will include a parking lot for buses and cars, access drives and concrete sidewalks.

"The six-acre site presented a design challenge, but we were able to create a solid, environmentally friendly building that will serve as a superb educational space for students in the New Hanover County school system," said Robbie Ferris, president and CEO of the firm. "The project of both the gymnasium and related site work will be registered with the U.S. Green Building Council to be LEED for Schools 2007 certified."

- Kitchen equipment was included in the project.

SfL+a Architects is a firm designed to provide state-of-the-art architectural solutions to educational institutions. Founded in 1982, the company has emerged as one of the most highly regarded architectural firms in the Southeast, offering expert services in architectural planning, design, construction, land planning and interior design. The firm has offices located in Raleigh, Fayetteville and Charlotte, N.C. The sister company of SfL+a Architects is Firstfloor K-12 Solutions, LLC, a North Carolina development company pioneering public-private partnerships to develop educational facilities. The company is comprised of talented professionals, each possessing 15-20 years of experience in banking, finance, construction and property management. For more information, visit

Emily Packard
MMI Public Relations
(919) 233-6600 .

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