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Darlington School: 100-year-old institution prepares for its next century of success


Established in 1905, Darlington School, a college preparatory school located outside Atlanta in Rome, Georgia, educates 950 students from 25 states and 30 countries in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. In 2005, Darlington School celebrated its centennial celebration and kicked-off its second-century campaign, focused on the venerable learning institution’s next 100 years.

Part of this effort included expanding and updating the school’s facilities and buildings. This was a difficult task, as with any school, due to the limited time between school years and the mandate that school activities experience minimal disruption. Integrity’s consistent 10 calendar-day delivery allowed for certain phases of Darlington’s project to be completed in a compressed timeline that no other window manufacturer could meet.

Darlington also wanted the project to reduce its impact on the environment as a whole, particularly on its stunning 400-acre campus. The new middle school is being constructed using USGBC LEED certification principles, while many older systems and components throughout the entire campus are being upgraded through the use of newer technologies and building practices. Integrity Windows durable Ultrex construction, Energy Star-qualified performance, strong NFRC and WDMA ratings, and sound manufacturing practices made the selection of Integrity a logical choice for Darlington’s green-inspired project.

Finally, preserving the beauty and architectural integrity of the 100-year-old school’s buildings was a paramount concern. The marvelous brick buildings and classic double-hung windows exude the tradition and heritage of this fine institution, and the windows being used for the project needed to possess the appropriate fit and finish. Integrity’s wood interiors, neatly mitered corners, sloped sills, clean and balanced sight lines, simulated divided lites and elegant radius profiles delivered on this requirement flawlessly.