To measure the financial impact of meeting ANSI S12.60, ARI commissioned a study by Armstrong, Torseth, Skold & Rydeen Inc., a Minnesota-based architectural/engineering firm engaged in school construction and renovation of site-built schools. The objectives of the study were:
Sixteen schools were evaluated and three classrooms in each school were studied, for a total of 48 classrooms. The study found:
Based on this information, the study redesigned the classrooms to meet ANSI S12.60 requirements and determined the cost of making these modifications would increase a school's construction cost by 4 to 19 percent.
The executive summary of the report can be downloaded from ARI's Web site at www.ari.org.
Publication date: 07/18/2005