City of Knoxville Public Works Complex

For the City of Knoxville's Public Works Complex, BarberMcMurry designed a new office building and surrounding facilities to allow for expanding City services while serving as a showcase project for the City's commitment to sustainable design.

The new facility's design groups staff functions for maximum efficiency, housing clinic, physical therapy and shop spaces on the ground floor; the main entry, large meeting rooms and construction offices on the second floor; and engineering offices and an open work space on the third floor. The collaborative work area opens onto an extensive green roof — an amenity for the entire building.

The design maximizes the energy efficiency of the building envelope, provides natural light and views for the majority of occupied spaces, and utilizes a geothermal heating and cooling system. 

The office building is expected to achieve LEED: Silver.

"Wonderful to see such attention to a building that typically does not get much love. All government/municipal office buildings should aspire to this kind of clarity and design quality."

— 2018 AIA Jury

Completion Date: 2016

Type: New Construction

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

Building Area: 45,560 SF

Services: Architecture, Interior Design

Use: Civic


  • 2018 AIA East Tennessee Citation Award
  • 2018 Keep Knoxville Beautiful Award for Environmental Stewardship

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