Riverdale Middle School
Almost immediately after acquiring Riverdale School, the newly formed Germantown Municipal School District decided not only to replace the portables with a permanent facility for grades 6–8, but also to use GMSD’s first major capital project as a catalyst for instructional shifts across the entire school district.
A2H designed a $12 million expansion, totaling more than 60,000 square feet. The architectural design intent was to create a brand for the aesthetic of Germantown Municipal Schools moving forward — a design standard unprecedented for schools in Shelby County. Themes include pops of vibrant color as a wayfinding element, cost-efficient metal panels, alternating shades of brick, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Adjustable and daylight harvesting LED light fixtures, coupled with floor-to-ceiling windows, create a classroom atmosphere unique to any school in Shelby County and add to the educational experience in both quality and sustainability. Glass panels on each side illuminate classrooms and hallways and create ambient lighting throughout the space.
Construction was designed to be completed in two phases to avoid conflict with the existing staff parking, main entrance, and drop off area. Priority was placed on the relocation of the staff parking lot and reconfiguration of the dropoff line to optimize traffic/bus patterns.
Riverdale School was recognized by the Memphis Business Journal as the Best New Construction of 2018 — Medium Award Winner.