Our work with RePublic High School and Valor Collegiate Academies and recently recognized with design awards from the Middle TN American Institute of Architects.

RePublic High School received a "Citation Award" for the renovation and addition to a mid-century school building, while Valor Collegiate Academies received an "Honor Award" for the adaptive reuse of a former office building and big box retail store that was transformed into an elementary, middle and high school in Nashville. Both projects were led by MZA's Ethan Levine.

"Creating a vibrant educational campus out of a defunct commercial site was a welcome challenge for our team. So proud to have helped create this space" Levine said. 

To create two distinct schools out of the former Lowe’s building, we bifurcated the building and created a 10,000 sf courtyard where interior space once stood. Sunlight now penetrates into the center of both the middle and high school buildings, creating opportunities for day lighting in classrooms at the innermost portions of the building. In addition, a second floor was inserted into the existing building envelope, effectively doubling the usable area within the existing footprint.