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Tusculum Elementary School

Nashville, TN

Metro Nashville Public Schools, one of the nation's top 50 largest school districts, Tusculum Elementary School is a 98,500 SF replacement facility that serves 800 student grades Pre-K through 4th Grade. Tusculum Elementary serves students from 20 different countries and is considered to be one of Metro Schools' most diverse schools in the district. The $17.3 million facility is located on 16 acres. The LEED 2009 for Schools GOLD certified facility is the only public school in the state of Tennessee to hold that designation.

ICT completed the engineering design for all mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, lighting, power and distribution, low voltage, and Information Transport & Systems Design (IT&S) for the facility. Notable design features of these systems include the following:

  • Two-story facility including the following functions: administrations, kitchen, dining, library, community room, existing renovated gym, instructional coaches, speech, and central receiving
  • 4 Pre-K Classrooms, 8 Kindergarten Classrooms, 8-1st Grade Classrooms, 8-3rd Grade Classrooms, 7-4th Grade Classrooms, 6 Resource Classrooms, and 2 Art Classrooms
  • High-efficiency Variable Refrigerant Energy Recovery system for space loads
  • High-efficiency dedicated outdoor air energy recovery system (DOAS) with demand control ventilation
  • High-efficiency variable volume kitchen hoods with unconditioned make-up air
  • High-efficiency condensing instantaneous natural gas domestic water heaters
  • 0.69 w/SF lighting design with LEED Certified Lighting Daylighting and Occupancy Controls
  • 16-acre site lighting design reducing light pollution by surpassing uplight and light trespass requirements
  • 36% building energy efficiency and utility savings over ASHRAE 90.1 - 2007 baseline, achieving 13 of the available 19 energy and atmosphere LEED points
  • Advanced Energy Metering of whole-building energy sources and individual energy end uses that represent 10% or more of the total annual consumption of the building
  • Enhanced Outdoor Air Quality Strategies with cross-contamination prevention, filtration, increased ventilation, and carbon dioxide monitoring
  • Security and Access Control Systems, CCTV
  • Technology drawings for voice, data wireless infrastructure pathways, spaces and layout of telecommunications equipment rooms, entrance facilities, and MDF/IDF spaces
  • Public Address/Paging
  • Audio/Video drawings with regard to A/V and CATV infrastructure
  • Horizontal and backbone cabling pathways

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98,500 SF


Metro Nashville Public Schools


Binkley Garcia Architecture






K-12 Education