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Tennessee State Library and Archives

Nashville, TN

The State of Tennessee Library and Archives Building was relocated to 101 Fifth Avenue North at Bicentennial Mall due to an expansion of the Tennessee Supreme Court building. The new 165,000 SF, three-story library and archives building has an underground parking garage. Specialized HVAC systems were incorporated to condition the artifact preservation rooms. Temperature in the spaces was held to plus or minus two degrees Fahrenheit and humidity levels were controlled to plus or minus five percent relative humidity. The supply air to the spaces was filtered thru multiple banks of cartridge filters as well as electronic filtration. Redundant fans were incorporated, and the HVAC was connected to the building’s essential electrical system.


  • 30% building energy efficiency and utility savings over ASHRAE 90.1 – 2010 baseline.
  • 0.69 w/sq ft Lighting Design with LEED Certified Lighting Daylighting and Occupancy Controls.
  • Custom Central Station air handlers with fan array and multiple variable frequency drive arrangement for redundancy and water side economizer. 
  • High Efficiency variable volume temperature controls to minimize re-heat and ventilation loads.
  • 25% Domestic water use reduction utilizing high efficiency fixtures.
  • 9000 MBH 95% Efficient Condensing Boiler plant serving building heating.
  • 95% efficient final filters for improved indoor air quality.

Project Highlights:

  • 27,000 sq. ft. internal courtyard.
  • 11,000 sq. ft. 40 feet high bay rack storage ASRS (Automated Storage Retrieval System) Vault that is conditioned for Special Collection Archives, 60 Degrees F to 65 Degrees F, 35% minimum and 45% maximum humidity year-round.
  • 1,400 sq. ft. permanent collections area 68°F to 72°F, 35% to 45% relative humidity.
  • 3,300 sq. ft. special collections area 60°F to 65°F, 35% to 45% relative humidity.
  • 290 sq. ft. microfilm vault collection area 55°F, 40% relative humidity.
  • 120 sq. ft. historic vault collection area 35°F, 30% relative humidity.
  • Redundant temperature and humidity alarms addressed to redundant monitoring systems for each collection area.


165,000 SF




TMPartners and Tuck-Hinton - Joint Venture



Spring 2021