Dobyns-Bennett High School Earns TSBA School of the Year for Excellence in Architectural Design

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Dobyns-Bennett High School has earned the School of the Year for Excellence in Architectural Design - Renovation by the Tennessee School Board Association (TSBA). Each year, TSBA recognizes architectural firms for their excellence in design by presenting the annual TSBA School of the Year Awards. 
 
Dobyns-Bennett Science & Technology Center is the new face and main entrance for the D-B campus. The 70,000 square-foot, 400-seat building fulfills the mission to create a culture that inspires innovation through science and technology. Five academic goals for the science and technology center have been established as: 1.) Support scientific inquiry and discovery; 2.) Foster creativity and problem solving; 3.) Offer meaningful career opportunities; 4.) Provide application-based experiences through an integrated curriculum; and 5.) Utilize the power and flexibility of technology.

"We could not be more pleased with the end product that came from focused collaboration on the part of our city, Kingsport City Schools, D-B faculty and staff, Perkins+Will, and Burwil Construction Company," said Dobyns-Bennett High School Principal Dr. Chris Hampton. "The architects and contractors were able to work with our vision and needs to create a remarkable facility that exceeded our expectations. The process was exciting and at times stressful, but in the end Kingsport has a facility for which they can be exceedingly proud. It is a great honor to work in a community that can make this type of learning environment available to our students." 

The new three-story building includes: 18 science/tech. labs, two teacher work spaces, six student work spaces, one TEAL (Technology Enhanced Active Learning) lab, one large research lab, and four small research labs allowing for cross-curricular collaborations. A student cafe and administrative offices are also located among the three floors. With this addition, Dobyns-Bennett student capacity has been raised to support 2,500 students at 85 percent utilization.
 
Renowned international architecture firm Perkins&Will provided design concepts and BurWil Construction Inc. of Bristol began construction during Winter Break 2017.
 
"Perkins&Will is honored to be a part of the Kingsport City Schools/Dobyns Bennett community that created a vision for what next generation student-centered learning looks like," said John Poelker, Perkins&Will Operations Director.  "It is rare when a community’s goals for a school expansion represent the legacy of the past at the same time as building for the future. The new science and technology center at Dobyns-Bennett marks a new beginning for this one-of-a-kind school. Creating an architectural design that embodies the character, identity and culture of Dobyns-Bennett was a remarkable opportunity that our design team cherished and truly enjoyed."  

A Groundbreaking event was held on December 7, 2017 prior to construction and the official Ribbon Cutting and Open House event was held September 17, 2019. 
 
View the Vimeo video that Perkins&Will produced in the fall of 2019 by clicking here.   
 
Nominees who wished to be considered for the awards were asked to submit details on the following criteria: cost efficiency, aesthetics, energy and environmentally conscious design, flexibility-expandability and size and development of site. 
 
The mission of the Tennessee School Boards Association is to assist school boards in effectively governing school districts. Through the years, TSBA has helped school boards and their members reach their highest potential through association programs, meetings and services. TSBA also provides school board members a collective voice in matters of legislation and public education concerns. For more information on TSBA click here
 
Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, a high school program of choice, and an alternative learning program; with total enrollment over 7,700 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to Inspire. Cultivate. Impact.
 
For more information on KCS, visit www.k12k.com, listen live on WCSK 90.3 FM, The Voice of KCS, read our blog, We Are KCS, download our mobile app for Apple/Android devices or call (423) 378.2100. We’re social too; follow us on Facebook (Kingsport City Schools), Twitter (@KCS_District), Instagram (@kcs_district), LinkedIn (Kingsport City Schools), and check out our YouTube Channel (KPTSchools).  
 
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