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  Red Bank Middle SchoolRed Bank Middle School


TWH Architects, Inc.
651 East 4th Street, #500, Chattanooga, TN 37403

General Description

Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Date Bid: April 2011 Construction Period: June 2011 to July 2013
Total Square Feet: 158,637 Site: 20 acres.
Number of Buildings: One. 45 Classrooms, 1 gymnasium for 750 students.
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, 35’.
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

Project Team

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
their transportation.

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.

Product Information
Building Envelope: Cherokee Brick
Roofing: Firestone
Window, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: EFCO a Pella Company
Lighting: Columbia Lighting
Interior: Armstrong Flooring: Armstrong
Elevators: Thyssen/Krupp

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