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New technology used to strengthen schools' walls for bad weather


Schools being built in Clarksville and Montgomery County have new technology built into the walls that keep the schools safer during bad weather.

Insulated concrete forms are inside the exterior walls which are designed to insulate the school from hot and cold temperatures. The by-product is a more sturdy building.

"It's difficult for the manufacturer of the wall system to say a school is more able to withstand higher winds. The wall system can though," said Clarksville-Montgomery Schools Facilities Director Norm Brumbley.

"One of our challenges is to keep up with the latest code requirements and make sure our buildings are in compliance with whatever new codes, or code changes," he said, noting that older schools were built to the code that was in existence at the time.

The wall system insulates with two pieces of foam that run throughout the exterior walls. Between the insulation is steel and concrete.

"It allows us to snap our steel reinforcement into the structure and pour concrete around the steel. Creating a monolithic structure reinforced by concrete," explained Brumbley.

"It is a much stronger building product," he added.

Clarksville-Montgomery Schools are the first in the state to use the new technology.

Brumbley said new school construction will be fitted with the insulated concrete forms.

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