On last Friday (29), two more new school units, which will benefit more than one thousand children in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro – an elementary school and Espaço de Desenvolvimento Infantil (EDI) (Children Development Space) – were given to the population of the State of Rio de Janeiro. The schools are part of the third batch of schools of the program “Fábrica de Escolas do Amanhã” (Schools of Tomorrow Factory), under the responsibility of Construction Company Norberto Odebrecht (CNO), which will give classes to the children of the districts of Cosmos and Campo Grande. 

The elementary school has a science laboratory, computer classroom, library and auditorium. The Children Development Space has four infant nurseries, a playground, in addition to eight activity rooms. The schools also have elevator, to support the transportation of reduced-mobility people, and have air conditioners in their environments. 

Among the 28 new schools under the responsibility of CNO, ten of them have already been inaugurated. All of the units built by the company represent 456 new classrooms, that will provide classes to 13,260 students from the public school network of the city of Rio de Janeiro, encompassing the neighborhoods of Realengo, Campo Grande, Inhoaíba, Cosmos, Santíssimo and Magalhães Bastos. In total, the project, idealized by the City Hall of Rio de Janeiro and managed by RioUrbe, covers the construction of 136 new school units and the broadening of 77 existing buildings. The project aims to reach 35% of the students of the public network studying in a single seven-hour-long shift per day, until the end of 2016.

Distinct methodology in the construction of schools

For the construction of school units of the program “Fábrica de Escolas do Amanhã”, the constructive methodology adopted is the framework in pre-cast concrete, which enables agility in the school-building process, as well it avoids wasting of material. More than 8 thousand parts of pre-cast concrete are being used in Construction Company Norberto Odebrecht lot.

“Aiming to prevent unforeseen situations, weekly planning meetings were held with the manufacturer, aiming to ensure all the parts were delivered in the required places and according to the work schedule. A program which made the planning and logistics more accessible was created. Thus, no situation of idle equipment occurred in the work places”, explains Rogerio Dourado, Contract Director of Construction Company Norberto Odebrecht.

After the step of assembly of the pre-cast framework, the thermo-acoustic panels are installed, which replace the traditional methodology of brickworks, draft and plaster. The system of these panels enables the acoustic and thermal insulation of the classrooms, ensuring greater efficiency in the use of air-conditioning equipment.

The metal louvers are set and drilled in the school facades, which ensure more ventilated environments and with greater control of brightness, reducing the incidence of solar radiation and providing greater thermal comfort inside the rooms.

The school units have drinking water reservoirs capable of supplying the demand of the educational units for up to three days, in case there is any problem as the interruption of water supply in the region. 

Curiosities in the work of the third batch of the program Fábrica de Escolas do Amanhã:

• The total construction area of the 28 new schools is 79,690.03 m², which corresponds to nearly 10 soccer fields of the same size of Maracanã; 

• 42 thousand m² of concrete will be used, this would be enough to fill in 5,250 concrete mixer trucks with this material;

• Will be installed in all 68 thousand m² of thermo-acoustic panels. If were the brickwork building method were used, this amount would be equivalent to 19 thousand bricks;

• Approximately 51 thousand meters of slab will be used in the schools. If placed in a straight line, the slabs would be equal to a 51-km distance;

• 1687 air- conditioning appliances and 23 elevators will be installed in school units until the moment.