DIRTT Selected for Innovative Education Projects in Kentucky and Western Pennsylvania
CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — DIRTT and its Construction Partners Construkt in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and ID+A in Louisville, Kentucky proudly announce they recently secured over $6M USD in construction projects with major education clients including Armstrong School District, Western Kentucky University, and Berea College. These projects were awarded due to Construkt and ID+A’s proven abilities to deliver dynamic and modern learning environments using DIRTT’s innovative interior solutions and streamlined construction methodology.
Part of the Armstrong School District, West Hills Primary School a kindergarten to third grade elementary school in Western Pennsylvania, sought to revitalize 28 classrooms and multiple administration areas within a compressed three-month summer break. Given the urgency of the project, the school district made the decision to use DIRTT’s full construction solution, which includes solid and glass walls, doors, casework, back-painted glass, and writable surfaces. Due to an unmatched ability to meet tight project schedules and create dynamic student spaces, DIRTT emerged as the clear frontrunner for this significant undertaking.
“The seamless integration by one partner to provide walls, casework, glass, and whiteboards for our classrooms and administrative offices was unexpected and provided financial and time saving benefits for us,” commented Sam Kirk Jr., Director of Finance and Operations. “The new space supports the district’s learning philosophies and creates a safer, more flexible, and significantly better learning environment for our students, teachers, and staff to return to.”
Matt Hansen, Principal with IKM Architecture, noted, “Utilizing industrialized, tilt-up interior construction was the only way to complete this project and provide the district with new and flexible interior spaces within the tight, three-month summer window. The efficiency of the system also allowed us to install new flooring, ceiling, and lighting systems in the same tight schedule. This would not be possible with conventional stick frame construction.”
Berea College, a private liberal arts college in Berea, Kentucky focused on students with limited resources, is replacing its Danforth Technology building with Omni Architects to keep up with the needs of the college’s modern technology curriculum. The new Computer Science, Digital Media, and Information Technologies building is the first of two planned buildings focused on technology, featuring cutting-edge computing laboratories, an innovative maker space, flexible classrooms, and new spaces for digital-media endeavors such as a sound stage and on-air studio. As part of this overhaul, DIRTT and ID+A are fitting out the space with solid and glass walls, quick connect electrical, and DIRTT’s Leaf Folding Walls® solution.
As part of Western Kentucky University’s 10-year Master Campus Plan, architecture firm Gensler is redesigning the University’s South Campus Center to house offices and admin spaces. ID+A will be working with both teams to renovate the interior including DIRTT glass and solid walls and quick connect electrical.
All three institutions chose DIRTT and its Construction Partners to meet their condensed construction schedule and sustainability goals. DIRTT’s ability to provide full interior solutions that are rapidly manufactured made the organization an ideal choice for the modernization and transformation of active learning environments. “These projects demonstrate how, together with our DIRTT Construction Partners, we help educational institutions meet the evolving needs and interests of students and staff, start to finish, often under extremely limited timeframes,” said Benjamin Urban, CEO of DIRTT.
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DIRTT is a leader in industrialized construction. DIRTT’s system of physical products and digital tools empowers organizations, together with construction and design leaders, to build high-performing, adaptable, interior environments. Operating in the workplace, healthcare, education, and public sector markets, DIRTT’s system provides total design freedom, and greater certainty in cost, schedule, and outcomes. DIRTT’s interior construction solutions are designed to be highly flexible and adaptable, enabling organizations to easily reconfigure their workspaces as their needs evolve. This adaptability is especially important in today’s rapidly changing business environment, where organizations need to be able to evolve quickly to new challenges and opportunities. Headquartered in Calgary, AB Canada, DIRTT trades on Nasdaq under the symbol “DRTT” and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “DRT”.
Construkt is a team of digital interior construction experts who create unique spaces with DIRTT’s leading prefabricated interior solutions. A proud certified woman-owned business, Construkt has provided both preconstruction and construction services since 2007, formerly operating as a division of Workscape. Construkt has over 10,000 square feet of inspirational space 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.
ID+A’s vision as a specialty contractor is to meld the creative disciplines of architecture and interior design with leading edge solutions; culminating in environments which project our customer’s brand, boost employee efficiency and provide healthful and fun settings in which to learn, work, or heal. Throughout three decades, ID+A has retained its founding concepts and adapted to the changing demands for interior construction across all vertical markets. What was true at our inception remains true today: Our unwavering client focus and exceeding their expectations.
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