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Rocketship Nashville Northeast Elementary School, Nashville, Tenn.

Manuel Zeitlin Architects specified Kingspan Insulated Panels Inc.'s 2-inch-thick Optimo and 300 R Striated metal wall panels for the exterior and interior of Rocketship Nashville Northeast Elementary School.

Manuel Zeitlin Architects specified Kingspan Insulated Panels Inc.'s 2-inch-thick Optimo and 300 R Striated metal wall panels for the exterior and interior of Rocketship Nashville Northeast Elementary School. James Leverette, project manager and estimator at Wall Brothers Glass LLC, the installer for the project, says the three main benefits of the panels are easy installation, R-values and the ability to help meet LEED qualifications. Both panels have an R-value of 7.5 per inch.

Brad Kirkland, regional sales manager at Kingspan Insulated Panels, says the panels allowed for maximum frame spacing so the visibility to the framing from inside the building was minimized. "The exposed framing on the inside of the building was painted to serve as part of the interior design finish, giving the school a niche for shelving, and magnets are used to display work and arts and crafts onto the wall panels," he says.

The project timeline was six months from groundbreaking to move-in. The insulated metal panels contributed to the build speed so the building could be enclosed quickly.

A combination of Redwood, Dove Gray, Regal White and Evergreen panels were utilized for the 37,000-square-foot, K-4 charter school owned by Rocketship Education. A rocket ship image was incorporated on the school's exterior in reference to the organization. In addition to classroom space, Rocketship Nashville Northeast Elementary School features a cafeteria, learning labs, playgrounds and basketball courts. The school serves 450 students and opened for the 2014-2015 school year.

Owner: Rocketship Education, Redwood City, Calif.

General contractor: D.F. Chase Inc. Construction, Nashville

Architect: Manuel Zeitlin Architects, Nashville

Installer: Wall Brothers Glass LLC, Clarksville, Tenn.

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