The $8.5-million Rutt Academic Center at Lancaster Mennonite School in Lancaster, Pa., features a complex and bold design of brick, split-face block and EIFS with glass ribbon wall that incorporates many large curtain-wall areas.

Rutt Academic Center, Lancaster, Pa.
Photo Courtesy Nathan Cox

Cornerstone Design of Lancaster, Pa., designed the structural-steel building. High Construction Co. of Lancaster joined the project team early on, with the project about $1.3 million over budget. The company offered suggestions to refine the scope and bring the job in within budget. The company broke ground on the 45,000-sq-ft addition in October 2007.

Key Players

Owner: Lancaster Mennonite School, Lancaster, Pa.
General Contractor: High Construction Co., Lancaster
Architect: Cornerstone Design, Lancaster
Interior Design: Design for Functional Interiors, Lancaster
Civil Engineer: Derck and Edson Associates, Lititz, Pa.
Geotechnical Engineer: Geotechnical Engineering Services, New Holland, Pa.
Structural Engineer: Greenebaum Structures, Manheim, Pa.
HVAC Design-Build Subcontractor: Accu-Air Mechanical Services, Lancaster
Plumbing Design-Build Subcontractor: Haller Enterprises, Lititz
Sprinkler Design-Build Subcontractor: Protech Mechanical Contractors, Landisville, Pa.
Electrical Design-Build Subcontractor: Mast Electric, Leola, Pa.

The building features a geothermal system, occupancy sensors that control the light fixtures, sensor-operated flush-o-metered toilets and urinals, and a green roof on the third-floor patio area. The three-story atrium/lobby is highlighted with slate flooring recessed 0.5 in. to match up with adjoining flooring. High Construction finished the project in September 2008 with no safety incidents.