Phase II of the Alcoa Schools project involved programming and designing a new middle school to replace the Charles Hall middle school, in use since the 1930s. The new 36,500 square foot, 25 classroom middle school is attached to the former high school gymnasium. The gym was extensively remodeled for use by the middle school and air conditioning installed. Both structures received fire sprinklers for greater student safety.
Alcoa Middle School contains twenty regular classrooms, technology rooms, television studio, reading and library rooms. Administrative areas were provided. This building was constructed utilizing the construction manager system.
The main entry is a two story space accented by a large arch topped window echoing the design vocabulary of the original Alcoa High School and the existing and new gymnasiums.
The middle school and gymnasium uses brick, concrete banding, colors and fenestration to recall and unify the design of other buildings on “The Hill.” The joint venture team worked with the Director, Principals, coaching staff and teachers to develop facilities meeting their current and future needs.
The construction estimate of $4,100,000 was within the school system’s budget. Completed in June, 2002, the building was occupied for the 2002-2003 school year. After value engineering, the final cost was approximately $3,900,000.