Fleming Architects has worked on numerous higher education projects, ranging from roofing repairs to health science centers to athletic facilities. We recognize that each project is a part of a larger whole and are delighted to have ongoing relationships with the University of Tennessee, Christian Brothers University, and Jackson State Community College, in addition to those listed in our featured projects below.
University of Memphis
The University of Memphis recruited the help of Fleming Architects to design a much needed Residence Hall that would replace the outdated Richardson Towers dormitory. Fleming was asked to design a new five story, 804 bed student housing building, which included living and learning suites as well as apartment style units. Additionally, the new Residence Hall includes classrooms, multipurpose and study spaces for students, and new kitchen and laundry facilities.
This building was designed and constructed using Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) which is a system of interlocking modular units that are locked together somewhat like Lego bricks and then filled with concrete to create the structural walls.
CECIL C. HUMPHREYS SCHOOL OF LAW
University of Memphis
The University of Memphis Law School was confined to an inadequate and failing building on the University of Memphis campus, separated from law offices, judges, and courtrooms that comprise the actual practice of Law. In 2007 the original US Postal Service Customs House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, became the new home for the Cecil C. Humphrey School of Law, providing a location that better suited the school’s needs. The historic building, originally constructed in the early 1880’s, would require major renovations to fit the Law School program, so Fleming Architects along with Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects, led the process of adapting this historical building into a functional academic facility. The design challenge centered on how to properly convert the building into a modern Law School, while being careful to preserve the historical character of the space. Improvements to the building included high efficiency electrical and mechanical systems, and upgraded windows and insulation to improve building envelope performance. The existing wood and plasterwork was cleaned and restored, and significant decorative elements were carefully removed, repaired and repurposed elsewhere in the building. Major seismic upgrades impacted nearly the entire building, and included strengthening the building corners, foundations, columns, and railings, and buttressing the original 1880’s core. The relocation of the Law School allowed for the rehabilitation of an iconic Memphis building, and gave the Law School sufficient, functional space as well as the necessary proximity to the downtown legal district.
NURSING, NATURAL SCIENCES & BIOLOGY
Nursing and Biotechnology Facility
Southwest Tennessee Community College
Southwest Tennessee Community College had a rapidly growing Nursing, Natural Sciences, and Biotechnology program, and was forced to turn away qualified students due to the lack of classroom space and adequate facilities. Fleming helped Southwest develop and build a new facility that includes nursing classrooms, simulation labs, large and small lecture rooms, computer labs, biotechnology labs, biology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, and administrative suites for both the Nursing and Natural Sciences departments. A 250 seat auditorium accommodates large classes, long distance learning, and university meetings. Various sized study spaces are also scattered throughout the facility to meet the students’ needs. A DNA design can be seen throughout the building, integrated into the terrazzo flooring, accent ceiling elements, and building signage.
"Now we don't have to say "I'm sorry" to applicants. This is an opportunity to assist students while responding to a community need"
- Dr. Nathan Essex, Former President - Southwest Tennessee Community College
Full List of Higher Education Clients:
Dyersburg State Community College
Tennessee Tech at Jackson, TN