OUTDOOR CHATTANOOGA

An empty building along a vacant block adjacent to Coolidge Park, a popular outdoor destination in Chattanooga, was used to create the Outdoor Chattanooga Center. The structure's original block shell and concrete floor, along with existing steel bar joists were salvaged and re-used. Utilizing the existing structure, the new design created a clerestory with wood trusses, allowing the space to be lit by daylight even on overcast days. The sloped roof collects rain water into a cistern used to flush toilets, while the flat roof is covered with a green-roof system. The used of garage doors and operable windows bring the outdoors in, working to maintain the connection between the center's administrative functions and outside activities. Recycled, renewable and local materials were used throughout the project. The 6,000-square-foot center was designed with the goal of LEED silver certification and was chosen as a Green Building of America award winner.