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University School of Nashville
Hassenfeld Library & Tibbott Center for the Visual Arts
Nashville, TN

I.C. Thomasson designed the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering systems for the new 20,000 SF Hassenfeld Library and the new 30,000 SF Tibbott Center for the Visual Arts at University School of Nashville. USN is an independent K-12 school located in close proximity to Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, and Peabody College.

Library Features
• Elevated two-story wing connects the new three-story building with the existing historic facility
• Library control system ties into the Building Automation System and enables complete monitoring and control of all building HVAC systems from the main server
• Custom indirect lighting design enhances the architecture and aesthetics, providing a warm and inviting atmosphere for study, research and reflection

ICT also designed a geothermal system that heats and cools both the Library and Visual Arts buildings.

Geothermal Features
• Water circulates through a grid of vertical bore holes that are 300 feet deep and six inches in diameter.
• Bores are interconnected to form a loop network that uses the Earth’s natural energy as the heat source for an air-to-water heat pump
• Piping system is three feet below the athletic field surface, allowing for dual use of this premium space
• In addition to reducing operating costs, the geothermal system is environmentally friendly