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KNOX COUNTY SCHOOLS
Central High School Library
As Central High School looks to its 50th year on the Jacksboro Pike campus, the school’s age is really starting to show in the tired-looking library.
“It is something we started exploring in earnest,” said John Meade, CHS Foundation co-president, in advance of the preview party on Oct. 29. “We have looked at other revamped libraries at South-Doyle and Alcoa and we were inspired by what they did. Ours is outdated and needs to be transformed into a place where the students want to gather and make it a more functional learning space.”
Jim Hinton, of Cope Architecture, has brought the plan to life with his renderings. Just one of the exciting new features will be a coffee shop.
“It will have a Starbucks feel,” said Meade. “The students will run the coffee shop as part of a business class and it will be a more attractive location for students to study.”
Meade also pointed out that a new dedicated technology help desk will provide one-to-one help, charging stations will be integrated into the desks and the existing computer lab areas will be converted into a broadcast/recording lab, a multipurpose room and a maker’s lab. “It will be a learning space where the teacher can talk and lecture without interruptions,” he added.
“The fundraising has started,” said Meade. “Most likely we will have to do it in phases, maybe start with the coffee shop, then say for $50K we can do this, instead of raising one large figure.”
The bulk of the construction work should happen over the course of the summer.
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
New Intramural and Band Facility
Phase 2 began after the 2019 season and was just completed this fall. This included the installation of a brand new artificial surface practice field and the construction of a 3,328 square foot multi-purpose building that features restroom facilities, climate-controlled storage, and a 2,100 square foot open-air pavilion.