By Nick Gilbert
Alcoa building and construction products have been used to rebuild the Henryville Schools in Indiana, which had been ravaged by tornadoes that swept through the Southern and Midwestern United States on March 2, 2012.
Kawneer 350 Medium Stile Entrances with Trifab® 451 VG (VersaGlaze®) Framing System as well as TR-3800 3 ¼” Fixed Architectural Thermal Aluminum Windows (top row) and Traco TR-3500 3 ¼” Overlap Projected Heavy Commercial Thermal Aluminum Windows (Project Out) (bottom row) were used in the reconstruction of the Henryville Schools.
Earlier, the secondary and elementary buildings of the Henryville Schools had used windows and entrances from Kawneer and Traco. These brands are part of Alcoa’s product line. Traco and Kawneer products demonstrated durability, functionality and strength. Only one window was lost due to the tornado. This prompted the school to select these products for the rebuilding project.
The state and school officials undertook to complete the rebuilding before the school year. BELFOR, a provider of disaster recovery and property restoration services, was chosen as the general contractor. The company assessed the damages and planned a schedule for completing the restoration within the desired time period. Large crews who worked for extended periods were used to complete the restoration works.
As part of the reconstruction, many of the interior doors of the school building were replaced and all the entrances on the exterior were replaced. Kawneer's 350 medium stile entrance products featuring high strength and designed for high usage were used. These were integrated into Kawneer Trifab 451 VG (VersaGlaze) framing system. Further, Traco TR-3500 3 ¼” overlap projected heavy commercial thermal aluminum windows and TR-3800 3 ¼” fixed architectural thermal aluminum windows were employed in the reconstruction process. These products offer durability, aesthetics, and thermal performance.