Bristol’s New Middle School

Bristol Tennessee City Schools


The existing Vance Middle School houses approximately 600 students in 7th~8th grades. The BTCS Board of Education has determined the new facility is to be constructed on the existing site to accommodate a minimum of 900 students in grades 6th~8th. The new construction contains a three-story academic wing with a “Grade-Level Learning Community” on each floor.  These “Learning Communities” (9 classrooms, 3 science labs, 2 resource rooms, guidance office, assistant principal’s office, teacher planning, & toilets) will be supported by an adjacent “Learning Commons” offering  access to a Stem Lab, Performing Arts Theater with Broadcasting Lab, Media Center, and Café.  Other support functions include: Band, Choral, and Art.

The existing Gymnasium with over 1200 seats will be the only portion of the old school that will not be demolished. The gym will be updated with new flexible seating, dressing rooms, weight room, multiple-purpose activity areas, and offices.  A secured school entry will be provided at the Administrative / Clinic / Guidance Suite.

Owner: Bristol TN City Schools

Dr. Tom Sisk, Superintendent

Mr. Ed DePew, Supervisor of Facilities and Maintenance

Dr. Amy Scott, Principal, Vance Middle School

Mr. Curt Rutherford, Facilities and Maintenance Project Coordinator

Mr. Andy Arnold, Director of Technology

Mr. Tim Beavers, City of Bristol

Designer: Community Tectonics Architects & Engineering Consultants

Don Shell, CEO

Bill Vinson, President

Paola Martinez, LEED AP+BDC Architect

Allison Pelham, Interior Designer

Henry Welch, Mechanical Engineering Services

Ron Carter, West, Welch, Reed

Steve Wilson, Spoden & Wilson

Dave Wilson, Mattern & Craig

Construction Manager / General Contractor: BurWil Construction Company

Mr. Bill Prince, Burwil Construction, President/CEO

Mr. Nick Self, Burwil Construction, Vice President – Operations