Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects Opens Office in Nashville Area NASHVILLE – Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects, a regional firm focused on the design of K-12 schools,
Maker Spaces to support teachers in collaborating, sharing & integrating 21st century skills into the learning environment
Cecilia Valley Elementary School is a new two story, 600 student elementary school situated on 38 acres. It replaced the existing Howe Valley Elementary School, one of the district’s most aged facilities with deep community ties. Cecilia Valley’s compact footprint with a central, two story entry piece is designed to create a recognizable entry that promotes a sense of welcome. The exterior aesthetics echoes some of the design characteristics from Howe Valley.
Assembly spaces such as the media center, cafeteria, and gymnasium are organized around a central commons/lobby space to enhance the community connection and limit access to classroom wings after hours. Energy efficient design strategies incorporated into the building include passive daylighting strategies to reduce artificial light loads, the use of insulated concrete forms (ICF) for an improved thermal envelope and speed of construction, a green and healthy kitchen that eliminates grease laden kitchen equipment, and the use of no wax finishes to reduce operational costs for the life of the building. All of these strategies will improve the energy efficiency level of Cecilia Valley to reach Net Zero Achievable, operating at less than 25 EUI/SF/YR.