Hardin Valley Middle School Exterior

Hardin Valley Middle School

Building Area: 170,000 s.f.

Date of Completion: Summer 2018

Type: New Construction

Location: Knoxville, TN

Challenge: Through a competitive process, provide a best value middle school design to meet current and future needs for a growing school district.

Solution: Located in a thriving segment of Knox County, Hardin Valley Middle School is designed to accommodate 1,200 students.

BarberMcMurry, collaborating with design-build partner Denark Construction, has produced an efficient design placed within a constrained site that is immediately adjacent to other area schools. Project cost and a fast-tracked construction schedule were carefully balanced by a design that prioritizes student safety and reinforces an environment of learning and growth.

The prominent use of glass ensures every classroom, and most shared spaces, have windows, while the repeated appearance of Hardin Valley blue supports school spirit and helps with way-finding for students. Design features like cloud ceilings add a youthful vibe to spaces that remain functional and efficient. With LED lighting and automated fixtures, the design also thoughtfully considers long-term sustainability and maintenance costs.