Barton Malow

Rockvale High School

Rutherford County Schools

Reading area in high school library

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. The school is Rutherford Community Schools’ first high school in Rockvale, Tennessee, since the previous high school shuttered its doors in 1972.

K12 General Contractor

We were able to showcase our proficiency as a K12 general contractor on the project, which consisted 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 greenfield project began with challenging site work 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.

Tight Turnaround

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. The end result is something we are very proud of.