Tennessee school district holds ceremonies for two new student facilities


Last month the Franklin Special School Districtwhich serves 3,200 K-8 students in an area south of Nashville, held two groundbreaking ceremonies for a new gymnastics and performing arts center that serves multi-year needs.

The new Performing Arts Center can accommodate nearly 500 people.

Conceived by Wold|HFR design (which is based in Brentwood, Tennessee) and built by Nabholz Construction, the 34,400 square foot Franklin Special School District Performing Arts Center is available to all eight schools in the district, as well as other community-organized events. It can accommodate 490 people around a pushed stage that extends into the audience on three sides, with a 120 square foot proscenium.

The Legacy Gallery at the Performing Arts Center
Inside the PAC, a Legacy Gallery recalls the history of the school district.

The PAC includes locker rooms, pre-performance spaces, prop rooms, a build shop, concession stand, and ticket office. The installation also includes a 650-square-foot Legacy Gallery installation that celebrates the school district‘s history, which dates back to 1906. To celebrate PAC’s opening, a stone-engraved logo was revealed on the building’s facade. .

According Nabholzthe PAC, whose construction began in 2020, cost $16.2 million.

The new gymnasium at Poplar Grove Elementary School
Poplar Grove Elementary School now has a gymnasium she can call her own.

The same design-build team was involved in the 22,800 square foot, $9.2 million gymnasium at Poplar Grove Elementary School in Franklin, which previously shared a gymnasium with Poplar Grove Middle School. The new facility, which seats 480, includes a full-size basketball court, two cross-training courts, a volleyball court and four-square courts. The new gymnasium also houses a concession stand, several locker rooms, offices for teachers, and a multipurpose room that doubles as a storm shelter.

“We are proud to celebrate another successful project with the Franklin Special School District and look forward to seeing the positive impact these new facilities have on students, educators and the community,” said Stephen Griffin, AIA, director of World|HFR Design. “As a national company with a heritage of over 100 years in Middle Tennessee, we take special pride in the projects we design in the communities where we live and work, and that’s one of the many reasons why we are delighted to be part of these projects and celebrations.

Interior of the new gymnasium at Poplar Grove Elementary School
A section of the interior of the gymnasium at Poplar Grove Elementary School.

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