Howard H. Baker Jr. Center For Public Policy

WWR provided a complete mechanical, plumbing, fire protection and electrical design for this building on the campus of The University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  Design started in 2003 and construction was completed in early 2009. HVAC systems included a hot water/chilled water system serving multiple air handling units which are then ducted to serve multiple variable air volume boxes that serve the individual spaces throughout the building. Plumbing systems included a complete domestic water and waste system to serve the new building. Fire protection systems include a complete sprinkler system to serve the new building. Electrical designs included complete power, communications, interior lighting, and exterior lighting designs. Upon completion of this project it was selected as a finalist for and eventually won an award for South Central Construction’s Best of 2009 awards.

Higher Education


Campus Consolidation for Tennessee Technology Center at Elizabethton

A campus consolidation project for Tennessee Technology Center, Elizabethon, TN.  Project included consolidating all facilities in Elizabethton to one central site.  Project included renovations of a 16,600 square foot facility to facilitate Nursing training, a new 36,000 square foot Administrative and Technology facility, a new 32,000 square foot Skills Training Facility, and a new 15,500 square foot Vehicle Repair Training Facility.  All building were arranged in a central campus environment.  Electrical design included campus wide fiber optic network for fire alarm, security/access control, and data/voice communications.  Primary distribution system was designed for the campus which included one central primary meter for the entire site.  The use of LED lighting was utilized on the site to optimize energy savings and maintenance costs.  A web based CCTV and security/access control system for all buildings and site was included in the project design.

Roane State Community College - Allied Health & Nursing School

New 65,000 sq.ft., 3-story educational building on the Oak Ridge Campus.  The mechanical system is a geothermal water source heat pump loop which contains 70 - 500 foot deep wells.  Outside air was pre-treated with energy recovery units.  Lecture halls have CO2 monitors to provide only the required outside air to the spaces, to reduce the amount of energy required to treat the out side air.  The water source heat pumps are located in either mechanical rooms or on the roof.  Low flow fixtures were used throughout, to reduce the overall water consumption.  This project is currently being reviewed for LEED compliance.

Center for Physical Activity - East Tennessee State University

This $12-million facility is a place for the students and faculty of ETSU to enhance their health.  The center contains three court areas for basketball or hockey, an indoor swimming pool, an aerobics center, three racquetball/handball/squash courts, an elevated running track, a cardiovascular/free weight/resistance machine area, a climbing wall, and two lighted outdoor intermural fields.  Support areas include locker rooms, outdoor equipment check-out, a snack bar, a wellness resource library, a private training anc counseling suite, two large multi-function meeting rooms, and staff offices.  As a Joint Venture design partner with David Leonard Associates, pc in Kingsport, TN, WWR participated in the entire design and construction process.

New Central Library - East Tennessee State University

A new 190,000 square feet central library and central energy plant additions for East Tennessee State University.  The library design includes traditional bound media and electric media storage.  The HVAC design is a variable air volume system that uses chilled water and steam from the existing campus loop.  An additional chiller was added in the chiller plant and pumping scheme modifications were made in the campus central energy plant.  The primary electrical system was modified into a loop system around the library to provide a more reliable and maintainable electrical system.  The design provides energy efficient interior lighting and provisions for data networking for local and remote sites.

King College Student Center

The new Student Center at King College features a varsity basketball facility, exercise/free weight area, racquetball court, training/physical therapy complex, locker rooms, and a coaches’ suite.  An ornate board room with catering facilities is also provided.  The center is 86,000 square feet and its construction cost, including site prep, was $12 million.


A “Business Center” was designed as an addition to this facility.  The business center is 36,000 square feet and features a tiered lecture auditorium, several large capacity classrooms, a dining room, multimedia classrooms, offices and support spaces.  

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