When students entered Rockvale High School for their first day of the 2019-20 school year, they didn’t just walk into any old high school. Instead, they walked into a brand new 358,675-SF school 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.
The greenfield project began with challenging sitework and performing a significant amount of site buildup to make way for the high school as well as the new sports facilities over 50 acres. The school consists of classrooms, science labs, computer labs, learning departments for ROTC, wellness, drama, music, choir, art studios, foreign language, ESL, special education, and an extensive career and technical education department. The project also includes two gymnasiums, locker rooms, weight room, coaching offices, an auditorium, 165-seat lecture hall, kitchen and cafeteria, library, administration suite, and mechanical plant. An interior landscaped courtyard allows students access to protected exterior space and brings daylight deep into the building.
The aggressive 22-month schedule exemplifies Barton Malow’s ability to work with trade contractors in a collaborative fashion and orchestrate a stringent flow of work. The adjacencies of the construction site to residential neighborhoods, as well as an existing operational middle school, highlight our ability to coordinate construction efforts with the public, maintain a clean and safe worksite, and communicate with all project stakeholders effectively.