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Zuni Christian Mission School Breaks Ground

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Native American students in northwestern New Mexico will soon be able to attend the new, environmentally friendly, 18,000-sq-ft Zuni Christian Mission School at the Pueblo of Zuni. Designed by Hibbard Architecture & Planning, the two-story pueblo-style building uses structural insulated panels -- large-size, insulated wall and roof components used in place of conventional wood framing, concrete blocks or concrete tilt-up walls -- manufactured by Premier Building Systems to reduce air leakage and heat loss. Other green features include solar water heating, interior lighting with natural sunlight and rainwater collection from the roof.

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General contractor Murphy Builders is constructing this first of several buildings that will replace portable classrooms and other facilities hastily constructed after a fire destroyed the entire school and church buildings nearly forty years ago. Completion is expected by August 2011.

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