During the summer of 2011, SWA was contacted by Brentwood Academy in Nashville, Tennessee to assist with the design and renovation of their Middle and Upper school Science rooms.
At the start, we focused on the school’s current needs as well as their future plans for the science department. After meeting with several of the instructors and members of the business department, we presented unique products and created different floor plans which helped to provide the desired level of flexibility, and to distinguish the labs as a unique learning environment similar to what their students will encounter in a higher education setting. Brentwood Academy also partnered with Earl Swensson Associates and American Constructors, with whom we worked closely throughout the design and renovation processes.
In order to accomplish the desired blend of function and flexibility within the lab space, we utilized an adaptable metal table system by Boston Tec fed from above by their overhead service carriers in the chemistry lab. In the biology and general science classrooms, the school chose a “hybrid” 2-student mobile science table designed by SWA. Through the unique latching system on these tables, the design gave the instructors the ability to configure the classroom for both lectures as well as collaborative lab sessions.
During the design process, we also worked with the owner and architect on a renovation of the schools main auditorium. In addition to providing miscellaneous millwork throughout the space, we also assisted the owner in selecting new fixed auditorium seating. We worked directly with the architect and created multiple seating layouts until the design team arrived at a layout which completely met their needs. The finished product were semi-upholstered “Citation” chairs coupled with ergonomically designed seats as manufactured by Irwin Seating Company. In the end, Brentwood Academy was successful in meeting their desired seating aesthetic without sacrificing any comfort.
The Science and Theatre renovation at Brentwood Academy was a great success and a good example of our desire and ability to consult directly with an owner. Brentwood Academy now uses the science building wing and theatre as showcases for prospective students and parents.