University of Tennessee, Support Services Building
An adaptive reuse of an industrial facility, the Support Services Building will serve as central offices and warehousing for the Facilities Services Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
The facility was built in the early 20th century as a marble-processing plant, and it features a heavy steel frame with a cathedral-scale central hall.
Preserving COST PER SQ FT$207.00FEATURED IN2015 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Work in Progress building’s volume and recalling its industrial character have been critical. The central hall’s original 46-foot ceiling height will remain. Overhead cranes will be kept as decommissioned artifacts, and elements such as the steel structure, clerestory windows, concrete floors and wooden decking will either be refinished in place, recreated, or salvaged for use in other areas.
The office portion of the bright central hall will contain a colorful and minimally partitioned furniture concept to foster collaboration between individuals who now are dispersed throughout the facility.
Acoustic insulation will dampen sound from behind perforated wall and ceiling panels. HVAC will be thrown from the sides and will be de-stratified by high-volume, low-speed fans above.
Numerous glass-enclosed meeting rooms (available to all) will surround the open offices, as will storefront windows that provide views to the exterior.