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Ralph Jones Sheet Metal Inc. designed a renovation for Seventh Street Elementary School in North Little Rock, Ark., with 13,000 square feet of Kingspan Insulated Panels Inc.'s 24-inch Optimo Embossed insulated metal panels (IMP) in Surrey Beige for aesthetics and energy efficiency.Ralph Jones Sheet Metal Inc. designed a renovation for Seventh Street Elementary School in North Little Rock, Ark., with 13,000 square feet of Kingspan Insulated Panels Inc.'s 24-inch Optimo Embossed insulated metal panels (IMP) in Surrey Beige for aesthetics and energy efficiency. The IMPs created a flat appearance with non-directional stucco embossed texture wrapped around custom corners. A foam-to-foam contact provides an unbroken thermal shield against heat transfer, which equates to a thermal envelope with R-values of 7.5 per inch. Additionally, custom windows in Regal Blue were installed.

The school was built in 1967. Brad Kirkland, regional sales manager at Kingspan Insulated Panels, says the IMPs give the school a modern building envelope and appearance. "Energy efficiency was not a big focus back in the '60s, when the Seventh Street Elementary [School] was originally built," he says. "But, with that said, this is where the Optimo Embossed insulated metal panels play a big part in the renovation of the school."

The Seventh Street Elementary School project was part of North Little Rock School District's $265.4 million, two-phase capital improvement plan, which includes new schools and renovations. Seventh Street Elementary School was ranked number four in the top five most improved elementary schools in Central Arkansas, based on benchmark math achievement, and number five in the top five most improved elementary schools in Central Arkansas, based on benchmark literacy achievement.

Architect: Ralph Jones Sheet Metal Inc., Arlington, Tenn.

Insulated metal panels: Kingspan Insulated Panels Inc., Deland, Fla., www.kingspanpanels.us