Rainwater feeds fire sprinklers
It's rainwater to the rescue if fire sprinkler is needed at Missouri middle school.
If the new Peculiar, Mo.-based Raymore-Peculiar East Middle School ever has a fire, rainwater will spray from the ceiling. That rainwater for the sprinkler system will be captured by a "butterfly roof." Some water will irrigate the grounds.
According to a Kansas City Star article , it's likely the first middle school in Missouri to be U.S. Green Building Council LEED Silver certified. Recycled materials are being used in construction of the $33 million building-and coming from a regional boundary to cut down on transportation costs.
The plan also calls for geothermal heating and cooling, bioswales, some solar power, a windmill, and retention pond.
It is set to open in fall 2010.
Read a recent Consulting-Specifying Engineer article about gray water codes .
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In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.
Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.