The new Morrison School project, which will serve the Morrison and Viola communities, is currently under construction and slated for a fall 2012 opening. The building is a 72,000 square foot, 550 student-core facility at the western end of Warren County, Tennessee.
A few of the significant design features include cast stone masonry sign walls at the north and south entries, a translucent glazing system and a simple approach to sustainability given the project’s modest budget. The cast stone sign walls will provide a visual focus in contrast to the building’s backdrop of warm gray brick.The gymnasium’s translucent glazing system will lessen the need for electric lighting by bringing daylight into the space, plus it provides a second benefit of creating a stunning glowing beacon visible from the main highway to the West.
The sustainable items for this project include proper East-West orientation of classroom wings; exterior sunshades on south-facing windows to cut down glare and heat gain; maximization of daylighting as much as possible; use of materials with recycled content; roof and wall construction far exceeding the baseline set forth in model energy codes; low-consumption electrical and plumbing fixtures; occupancy sensor lighting control systems and plumbing fixtures; and high-efficiency mechanical units.
Stay tuned for the final unveiling!