New Construction

Tennessee K–12 District Breaks Ground on New Administrative Building

The Franklin Special School District (FSSD) in Franklin, Tenn., recently announced that construction has begun on a new Central Office Building for the district. A groundbreaking ceremony took place on June 21, and completion is scheduled for early 2025, according to a news release. The district partnered with Wold Architects and Engineers for the project’s design and with Nabholz Construction as the project’s construction manager.

The two-story facility will cover 38,400 square feet and will play home to the district’s administrative and central office staff members. Amenities will include office space, multipurpose space for School Board meetings and professional development opportunities, an outdoor courtyard, and a 2,800-square-foot assembly space integrated with AV technology, the news release reports.

“We are excited to offer a more innovative and modernized space to work, gather, and welcome the community,” said FSSD Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden. “Having all of our district staff in one place will improve efficiency and communication, as well as foster our organizational community as we continue to do the important work of providing a world-class education for our students.”

Every workspace in the building will have access to natural light for employee and staff well-being. Other features are set to include kitchen and cafeteria space, a wellness area, and loading and storage spaces.

On the same property, in addition to the construction of the new central office building, renovations have also begun to a metal structure that will become the FSSD Facilities and Transportation Center. The 12,400-square-foot space will include administrative space for facilities and transportation staff, a drivers’ lounge, a meeting area, vehicle maintenance equipment, and space for “generous storage,” according to the release.

“We’re honored to be a part of this special project and are grateful for our ongoing partnership with the Franklin Special School District,” said Wold Architects & Engineers Principal Steve Griffin. “Supporting the communities in which we live and work is our priority, and we’re proud to continue designing innovative buildings with a historic touch to represent Franklin’s unique architecture.”

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