Works Well with Others
The general contractor, D.F. Chase Inc., provided design-assist services from early in the schematic design process and delivered the project under a Guaranteed Maximum Price contract. The architectural and structural engineering teams collaborated closely with mechanical, plumbing and electrical consultants, which provided their services through the general contractor on a design-build basis.
This project delivery method allowed for real-time constructability and cost analysis, making it possible to truly design to the budget while keeping design intent at the center of the process. One such decision was specifying a special long-span composite concrete deck to minimize the number of steel beams supporting the new second floor. Another decision, implementing a VRF system to serve the first floor, minimized overhead air-conditioning duct runs and improved energy performance.
A compressed construction schedule also meant that interior finishing had to begin as soon as possible and be executed efficiently. Newly created exterior walls were clad in an insulated metal panel system that also served as the interior finish. This approach saved time and money by assigning a single trade—the roofing subcontractor—to install and finish the exterior and interior sides of the building envelope.
The overall design of the campus was an exercise in precision, ingenuity, efficiency and great care for the end-users—the teachers and students. When all was said and done, the completed campus offers a bright and airy educational environment whose design is organized around open, flexible communal spaces. The architecture is a successful articulation of the school’s ethos, reinforcing the mentoring and mindfulness work, which is at the core of the Valor educational model.
About Manuel Zeitlin Architects
Manuel Zeitlin Architects (MZA) is an employee-owned architectural and interior design firm based in Nashville, Tenn., celebrating 40 years of practice. The firm has an intentionally diverse portfolio and focuses on projects that enrich the lives of the people who live, play, work and learn in them. MZA employees believe that challenging and unconventional projects enhance the practice, inviting the team to push its design-thinking and execution.
ARCHITECT: Manuel Zeitlin Architects LLC
- Ethan Levine, AIA, project architect
- Ana Smetana, Assoc. AIA, architectural designer
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: DF Chase Inc.
- VALOR HIGH SCHOOL
- Chris Scheide, project manager
- Bryan Betty, superintendent
- MIDDLE SCHOOL
- Daniel Freeman and Ben Millen, project managers
- Mike Towns, superintendent
INTERIOR DESIGN: Brand Interior Design LLC
- Malee Cherry, IIDA
CIVIL ENGINEER: Barge Cauthen & Associates
- John Gore, P.E.
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Daigh Rick Landscape Architects
- Anne Daigh, LA
- Sari Barton, Landscape Designer
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: EMC Structural Engineers P.C.
- Dan Borsos, P.E.
MECHANICAL AND PLUMBING ENGINEER: Quest Design Group
- Nick Perry, P.E.
- Tim Pombo, P.E.
- Mancell Daniels, P.E.
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: CO Christian & Sons Co. Inc.
- Oakley Christian III, P.E.
ROOFING CONTRACTOR: Village Roofing Co.
INSULATED METAL PANELS: Kingspan
STOREFRONT: Evans Glass Co.
STEEL: Cooper Steel
SKYLIGHTS: AiA Industries
TPO ROOF: Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc.
GLAZED OVERHEAD DOORS: Haas Door
VRF SYSTEM: Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR LIGHTING: Design Light
GLASS BLOCK: GBA Architectural Products
CARPET TILE AND LUXURY VINYL TILE: Shaw Contract
PHOTOS: Nick McGinn, mcginnphotography.com, unless otherwise noted