Lexington Middle School (Lexington, Tenn.)

Lexington, Tennessee

This 28-acre campus, designed for grades 6 to 8, is in the heart of Henderson County, Tenn. Site amenities include an outdoor classroom and nature walk just above an existing wetland that utilizes excess dirt and topsoil from sitework.

The district and design team worked with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and environmental engineers to ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$85.00FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio the adjacent wetlands. The construction includes masonry bearing walls and structural bar joists with a low-slope membrane roof. In addition to natural light in every classroom, the school has two large pyramid skylights at the main corridor intersections.

Every classroom includes the following: an interactive whiteboard, wireless microphone with surround sound, ceiling-mounted projector and outlets for five student computer workstations. The entire school is connected using a Voice over IP (VoIP) communication system with digital handsets in each classroom. The floor plan is arranged so that all main corridors can be observed from two locations.

Secure vestibules lead visitors into the main office before they are allowed access into the building. Electronic security features include keyless entry and digital cameras inside and outside the building.