Renaissance Academy – New Technology High School
Clarksville Community School Corporation opened its first school in 1889. The school system has grown over the years with a total of four schools currently. The most recent school addition, Renaissance Academy’s goal was to bring a whole new type of public high school to the area. It is part of the New Technology Network which is changing the way students across the country are being educated for the 21st Century. Ms. Kim Knott the superintendent of Clarksville Community School Corporation said, the name “Renaissance” speaks to the revival of the property where the school is located. “Clarksville was the gathering point for the Lewis and Clark expedition of the Louisiana Purchase. The same spirit of discovery will be used daily in the project-based learning model at Renaissance Academy,” according to Ms. Knott. Kerr-Greulich Engineers, Inc. designed the mechanical and electrical systems for the conversion of an existing 75,000 square foot retail store into the one-story, 37,450 square foot school of technology. Converting the original space enabled the School Corporation to aid in repurposing an aging building.
Highlights of KGEI’s design include:
- Full commercial kitchen, including kitchen hood exhaust systems.
- Building completely sprinklered.
- State-of-the-art variable air volume HVAC system which featured variable speed motor drives to provide maximum energy savings.
- New fire alarm system throughout the facility.
- Collaborated with the school system’s Information Technology Department and vendors to implement the latest information systems technology.