Rockvale High School

When students entered Rockvale High School for their first day of the 2019-20 school year on Tuesday, August 6, they didn’t just walk into any old high school. Instead, they walked into one that’s brand new, 358,675-SF in size, and packed with state-of-the-art features and amenities. We served as the general contractor on the school, which is Rutherford Community Schools’ first high school in Rockvale, Tennessee, since the previous high school shuttered its doors in 1972.

Now, nearly 50 years since its Rockvale High School predecessor closed, this new building is now home to about 1,500 students in grades nine through 12.

Prepping the site

The greenfield project began with our team navigating some challenging sitework and performing a significant amount of site buildup to make way for the high school as well as the surrounding football field and stadium, baseball and softball game and practice fields, track and field competition areas, and the soccer field across the 50-acre site.

We built the site up with several feet of shot rock, which we mined from a nearby quarry, along with other stone for utility backfill. In order to install most of the water and sewer lines, utility work had to be blasted for placement 20-30 feet below grade.

Tight turnaround

The $63.6-million project broke ground in June 2017 and was completed in June 2019, an aggressive schedule that exemplified our ability to work with trade contractors in a collaborative fashion, and orchestrate a specific flow of work and overall site plan.

The end project

Rockvale is state-of-the-art and consists of 84 classrooms; 12 science labs; six computer labs; learning departments for ROTC, wellness, drama, music, choir; two art studios; foreign language; ESL; special education; culinary arts; health sciences and EMT training; construction; agricultural science; advanced manufacturing; business and marketing; and computer technologies. The project also included two gymnasiums (with concession areas), multiple locker rooms, a weight room and coaching offices, a 600-seat auditorium and stage, a 165-seat lecture hall, kitchen and cafeteria, library, administration suite, and mechanical plant on the ground floor. A 30,000-SF interior landscaped courtyard allows students access to protected exterior space and brings daylight deep into the building. This is all in addition to the numerous parking lots, striping, signage and improvements to existing roads that we made.