Bank Middle School|
TWH Architects, Inc.
651 East 4th Street, #500, Chattanooga, TN 37403
Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Date Bid: April 2011 Construction Period: June 2011 to
Total Square Feet: 158,637 Site: 20 acres.
Number of Buildings: One. 45 Classrooms, 1 gymnasium for 750
Building Sizes: First floor, 108,327; second floor; 50,310;
total, 158,637 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; second floor 12' 8"; total,
Basic Construction Type: New/II B.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall. Roof: Metal,
membrane. Floors: Concrete, precast. Interior Walls: CMU,
metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage KBTU/SF/YR: 1.42
Structural Engineer: March Adams & Associates, Inc. - 310 Dodds
Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404
General Contractor: Rentenbach Constructors, Inc. - P.O. Box
11087, Knoxville, TN 37939
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Campbell & Associates, Inc. -
651 East 4th Street, #600, Chattanooga, TN 37403
Civil Engineer: A.D. Engineering Services, Inc. - 615 East 4th
Street, #407, Chattanooga, TN 37403
Red Bank Middle School was originally housed in a 80-year old facility
designed for a high school. The Hamilton County Department of Education
chose to build a new middle school to serve the 750 students adjacent to
the existing high school which already had multiple athletic fields used
by the school and the community. With the middle school adjacent to the
high school, additional recreation fields and parking could be shared by
both facilities and programs.
The new $30,000,000 middle school was designed for energy efficiency and
sustainability in order to save operational and maintenance costs. Some
of the sustainable features include geothermal heating and cooling,
reflective roof, sun shading, daylight and room occupancy sensors, and
multiple clerestories for both the public areas and classrooms.
Three two-story classroom wings are connected to the more public
oriented spaces with a two-story circulation spine called the "Passage".
The Passage has three staircases that are open to a ceiling supported by
wood beams and perforated acoustical metal decking that allows openness
and daylight to flood the two-story space. The area also serves as a
breakout space for the dining room, media center, and gymnasium where
students can interact in an open and secure environment. Two-story glass
walls between the dining room, media center, and passage allow the
students to experience activity in these open areas as well as views out
through the courtyards to the valley and mountain beyond. The classroom
wings are separated by landscaped courtyards connected to the Passage.
The three classroom wings are readily identifiable with three-story
towers that include daylighting and large fans to circulate air evenly
from the upper space to the lower areas in order to avoid air
stratification and provide visual interest.
The center of the middle school has a open monumental staircase where a
two-story circulation spine leads directly to the gymnasium/auditorium
and play fields beyond. The cafeteria and multi-purpose spaces as well
as music department and athletic dressing rooms and lockers are located
immediately off of this circulation spine. The rich blue school colors
used in metal canopies and terrazzo tile along with reflective mirrors
give the school an expression of excitement and activity.
The media center is located adjacent to the main entrance of the middle
school as well as the Passage and an exterior courtyard. The library has
immediate access to the exterior space which can be used as an outdoor
classroom. The outdoor forum adjacent to the main entrance and
administrative area also provides a place for students to congregate
outside before and after school while awaiting
The new middle school was constructed while the high school remained in
operation. The extensive site work was necessitated due to the addition
of athletic and practice fields as well as a new entrance road that
would separate the day-to-day traffic of the middle school from that of
the high school. The additional play fields and outdoor-use activities
provide incredible flexibility for the two student bodies while being
efficient stewards of the environment.
Building Envelope: Cherokee Brick
Window, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: EFCO a Pella
Lighting: Columbia Lighting
Interior: Armstrong Flooring: Armstrong