University of Tennessee, Support Services Building

Knoxville, Tennessee

An adaptive reuse of an industrial facility, the Support Services Building will serve as central offices and warehousing for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Facilities Services Department. The facility was built in the early 20th century as a marble processing plant, and it features a heavy steel frame with a cathedral-scaled central hall.

Preserving ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$207.00FEATURED IN2015 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress building’s volume and recalling its industrial character have been critical to the project. 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 among individuals who now are in separate locations.

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 afford views to the exterior.