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  Knoxville Christian High SchoolKnoxville Christian High School


Falconnier Design Co.
4622 Chambliss Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37919

General Description

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Date Bid: May 2008
Construction Period: Dec 2008 to Oct 2009
Total Square Feet: 14,844 Site: 67 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 14,844; total, 14,844 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 25’10”; total, 25’10”.
Basic Construction Type: New/Pre-Engineered Steel Building.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Metal. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

General Contractor: George W. Reagan Company - P. O. Box 27096, Knoxville, TN 37927
Structural Engineer: 4th Dimension Design, Inc. - 817 Venture Court, Waukesha, WI 53189
Mechanical Engineer: Albert F. G. Bedinger Engineer of Record - 500 Clyde Street, Knoxville, TN 37921
Electrical Engineer: Vreeland Engineers - P. O. Box 10648, Knoxville, TN 37939

Founded in 1978 to provide high-quality, Christian-based secondary education, Knoxville Christian School occupies a 67-acre campus in the Knoxville, Tennessee suburb of Farragut. The original 25,000 square foot building, which was completed in 1980, was designed to accommodate only Pre-School through eighth grade. However, over the last ten years, it has also had to accommodate the recently added high school classes, which was becoming a logistical and spatial challenge. The original parking lot and campus access roads were also too small, and did not provide for safe vehicular and pedestrian traffic overlap. Facing an expanding student population and inadequate learning and athletic facilities for its High School, in 2007 the School embarked on an ambitious campus expansion program.

The master plan reformed the entire campus, adding parking, space for a new playground, space for new athletic fields, and redesigning the entire vehicular and pedestrian circulation systems. A large, centrally located "campus green" will provide an oasis in the middle of campus for student gathering and outdoor activities, as well as giving the campus a more spacious and contemporary look. The master plan includes a 14,844 square foot classroom building as Phase 1, with a 20,000 square foot physical education and athletics building as phase 2. Later phases also include a chapel, a middle school class room building and a free-standing field house for the football and baseball teams. The plans also call for the eventual renovation of the original building.

Phase 1, the academic building, was completed in late 2009 and will be opened to students later this year. The building is a one-story, pre-engineered steel frame building with an exterior of concrete block, EIFS, and brick. The windows are aluminum storefront, and the roof, gutters and fascia are all pre-finished metal for high durability and low maintenance. The interior walls are constructed almost entirely of concrete block for durability, with metal studs and drywall in the office area.

The building will accommodate 125 students and features a multi-purpose assembly room (with provision for a future kitchen), four 650 square foot classrooms, a 975 square foot science laboratory and a library/media center as well as offices and support spaces. The building will also house the school's administrative offices in addition to the high school administration. The building is expandable, and an additional four class rooms can be added.

The building was designed to be ecologically friendly. The south-facing wall features high strip windows with light shelves on the interior to capture daylight while minimizing solar heat gain. The north-facing wall features larger windows to take advantage of the lower light level and lack of glare on that side. Each classroom has step-down dimming for the lights so that the day lighting can be used to save energy, and the HVAC system is high efficiency, with a separate make up air unit that can service the building when unoccupied. Knoxville Christian School can be proud of its new addition, and looks forward to a future of continued expansion and academic excellence.  

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