On 15 September 2017 there was the inauguration of the new “Benedetto Costa” school in Sarnano (Macerata), Italy.
Only 16 weeks to re-build a technologically advanced building – a gift from the Friuli Venezia Giulia region – thanks to the passion, commitment, solutions of a team of professionals and companies from the region and the Climablock construction system by Pontarolo Engineering.
After analyzing numerous technologies, the choice fell on the system with disposable formwork in EPS (polystyrene), considered the best solution on the market to guarantee excellent anti-seismic and thermal performance, but also quality and speed of execution, essential in this situation in order to deliver the building, a kindergarten, in time for the start of the school year.
The reconstruction works began on 8 May 2017 with the laying of the first stone and ended in just 112 days, giving life to a school complex of 1360 square meters, developed on two levels capable of hosting 4 sections in total, with a capacity of up to to a maximum of 29 children each.
The building is classified as strategic, in Class of Use IV, i.e. maximum security and can be used, in the event of further emergencies, also to house the population.
In addition to the anti-seismic and fire safety parameters, the overall design took into primary consideration both the quality of the envelope and the plant engineering, in order to achieve a building with high-level energy performance (NZEB, or “nearly zero energy building” ) capable of resulting in an extremely low energy consumption and, consequently, in a particularly economical management referred to heating, cooling and lighting, but also to future maintenance, since the system is not destined to degrade over time and therefore to guarantee quality and long service life
“The President of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region Debora Serracchiani in the presentation of the reconstruction project of the Sarnano school – recalls Pontarolo Valerio, CEO of Pontarolo Engineering Spa – said that the reconstruction of the nursery school in Sarnano would not only be the best way to celebrate the memory of what happened in Friuli forty years earlier, but also the signal that is needed in those places to understand that it can be done, that it can be reconstructed well; and it is an even greater pride for us to be the suppliers of the construction system for the reconstruction of the first public-strategic building in the earthquake areas, because in addition to confirming the goodness of our system, it makes us understand that, as a Friulian company, we have been able to treasure of the tragic earthquake that devastated our Region in 1976 having looked to safety and energy saving with foresight ”.