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Lower School Construction Project

On April 25, the Lipscomb Academy community gathered to celebrate the next exciting initiative on the horizon.

A special ground-breaking ceremony for the forthcoming Brewer Campus expansion, the first phase of an expected $25 million project to bring 21st century learning facilities to the lower school campus at Granny White Pike and Harding Place.During the first week of June, work on the project officially began as a fence securing the construction site was erected, and some of the homes in the footprint of the projects were demolished. In the next few days as you drive by the campus or drop your students off at Lipscomb’s Summer Experience, you will begin to see activity on the site and the area starting to transform. As always but especially during this time, we want to assure you that the safety and security of our students and everyone in the area of the construction project is of utmost importance to us. Therefore, we have a number of safety measures in place to ensure that only those who are permitted on the job site have access. Fences, signage, extra monitoring and security personnel, as well as relocated equipment and activities, are among the measures in place to ensure the safety of our community members during the project, which is expected to be completed in August 2020. 

Lower School Renderings

Lower School Expansion Aerial Rendering

Aerial view rendering of the Lower School expansion at completion.

Lower School expansion rendering front view

At grade front view rendering of the Lower School expansion at completion.

Blueprint Lower School Phase 1

Blueprint Rendering showing Phase 1 of the Lower School expansion.

Blueprint Lower School Phasing Plan

Blueprint showing Lower School expansion phasing plan.

The first phase of expansion which is now underway will include marquee spaces such as a new student dining hall and kitchen and the state-of-the-art learning commons, with an innovative collaborative hub that offers students technology-rich research stations, flexible furnishings, collaborative instructional spaces, inviting reading areas, access to library materials and creative makerspace materials among other features. The first phase includes 22,000 square feet of new construction and 1,500 square feet of renovated space.

One of the initiatives we are particularly excited about is that these new facilities will allow us to expand the reach of Lipscomb Academy as we launch a new special needs program. Lipscomb Academy’s Solly School will include designated learning and therapy space for a new program that provides education and support services for students with special needs. The school is named after 4-year-old Solomon “Solly” James Rodan, the grandson of Pam and Jim Griffith, a board of trustees member and grandparent to several Lipscomb students.

 

Construction Updates 

June 25, 2019
With the heavy rains we have experienced in Nashville the last couple of weeks, our construction progress has been delayed a bit but we are working hard to try to keep on schedule as much as possible. Site demolition is complete and construction crews are currently working on grading the property to prepare it for the beginnings of the building process. 

You have likely noticed that the green screening is up along the construction fences. We hope those will be a good buffer to minimize the view of the construction during the project. 

Daily Construction Schedule:
As a reminder, the daily construction schedule is: 

Monday - Friday • 7 a.m. - approximately 5:30 p.m.
Saturday • 7 a.m. - approximately 5:30 p.m. 
Saturdays will be used primarily to make up for inclement weather during the week, but will follow this time schedule when construction takes place on these days. 

This schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen inclement weather or other environmental issues, but is the general plan for the duration of the project.

Project Duration
The Brewer Campus Expansion Project first phase is scheduled to be completed in approximately 13.5 months, barring an abundance of inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. 

What’s Next
Grading of the property will continue for about the next four to six weeks. Soon, hammering and excavation work will begin as crews grade and install utilities to the site. This work should last approximately two to three months. Also in early July, they are scheduled to start laying concrete foundations.

Scope of the Project
This project at Lipscomb Academy is the first phase to expand the Brewer Campus, which houses the school’s 2-year-old through fourth grades currently. This first phase of expansion will include marquee spaces such as a new student dining hall and kitchen and the state-of-the-art learning commons, with an innovative collaborative hub that offers students technology-rich research stations, flexible furnishings, collaborative instructional spaces, inviting reading areas, access to library materials and creative makerspace materials among other features. The first phase includes 22,000 square feet of new construction and 1,500 square feet of renovated space. This is in preparation for the fifth grade to move to the lower school once this first phase of construction is completed.

One of the initiatives we are particularly excited about is that these new facilities will allow us to expand the reach of Lipscomb Academy as we launch a new special needs program. Lipscomb Academy’s Solly School will include designated learning and therapy space for a new program that provides education and support services for students with special needs.