City of Knoxville Public Works Complex

Building Area: 45,560 s.f.

Date of Completion: Fall 2016

Type: New Construction

Location: Knoxville, TN

Budget: $11,500,000

Challenge: Design a new office building to consolidate City functions from a rapidly aging and inadequate facility.

Solution: The City of Knoxville chose BMa to help them design a new Public Works office building and master plan adjacent property to allow for expansion of City services as well as increase efficiency in functionality of utilized spaces. The new Public Works office building is located on a parcel near their existing office building built in the early 20th century. With functions moving to the new building, the vacancy allows for much needed expansion of City fleet services. As their current building has aged beyond a useful lifespan, the new facility will allow for City functions to operate more efficiently and within a facility that showcases the City’s commitment to sustainable design. The building is organized with staff support functions positioned on the ground level, housing clinic, physical therapy, and shop spaces; the second floor contains the main building lobby and entry as well as large meeting rooms and construction offices; the third floor accommodates engineering offices and an open work environment that opens onto an extensive green roof – an amenity for the entire building. Our design maximizes the energy efficiency of the building envelope, provides natural light and views for the majority of occupied spaces, and utilizes the latest in geo-thermal heating and air conditioning systems. It is expected that we will achieve LEED Silver certification.

"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