TN Air National Guard Dormitory & Classroom Training Facility

The Tennessee Air National Guard’s vision for the Training and Education Center was to employ innovative learning techniques and emerging technologies to provide a sought-after training and education experience and to optimize leadership capabilities. In addition to this vision, the Air National Guard set the goal of LEED Silver certification for this new facility.

We designed the 47,200 square foot dormitory and classroom to be harmonious with the existing context of the Training and Education Center (TEC) campus, while introducing new materials to the palette to reflect the high-tech nature of the facility.

The classroom training facility has an open plaza space, adjacent to the entrance.  Because of this location,  the plaza serves as a central organizational element overlooking the parade lawn and flag court. We also located the building along the troop walk; an important axis that provides a formal organization for buildings on the TEC campus.

To achieve the Air National Guard goal of LEED Silver, the project team utilized extensive storm water controls to mitigate the impacts of runoff; employed day lighting strategies in classrooms and dormitory rooms to provide natural light while controlling glare; designed an efficient exterior envelope which, in conjunction with the design of efficient mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, is projected to reduce energy use by at least 30%; utilized recycled and regionally sourced materials, reducing the energy and resources usually expended by transporting materials over long distances.

As a result, our team provided the Air National Guard with a thoughtful and sustainable facility that will promote their vision of an innovative learning experience.

Design Team

Elizabeth Eason Architecture LLC., Architect
C2RL, Inc, Civil Engineer
Engineering Services Group, Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineers
Carpenter Wright Engineers, PLLC, Structural Engineer

Construction Team

Howard W. Pence INC Construction