New School to Rise On Church Property

Tuesday, February 19, 2008, Vol. 123, No. 34

675 National St.
Memphis, TN 38122
Permit Cost: $5 million
Project Cost: $5 million
Permit Date: Applied February 2008
Completion: August 2008
Owner: Highland Heights Baptist Church
Tenant: Collegiate School of Memphis
Architect: Fleming/Associates/Architects PC (Memphis)
Contractor: Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC
Details: Collegiate School of Memphis, a recently formed independent secondary school, is conducting an interior renovation of 90,000 square feet at Highland Heights Baptist Church for CSM's campus, said head of school John Avis.
The renovation includes 70,000 square feet of an existing three-story educational building at the church for classroom and office space, and 20,000 square feet of an existing two-story gymnasium.
Construction will begin this week with completion expected for August, in time for the school to open its doors for the first time. Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC won the $5 million construction bid last November.
Collegiate School of Memphis is an urban, college-preparatory, Christian high school that will open in the fall with a complete seventh-grade class, adding a new grade each year. Each grade is expected to have about 90 students.
"We'll be pleased with whatever numbers we have," Avis said. "We're committed to providing that kind of Christian, college-preparatory education in that location and we hope to be a presence there for a long time."
Collegiate School of Memphis soon will purchase the church property and lease the sanctuary back to Highland Heights. The benefactors who provided funding to start the school have asked to remain anonymous, Avis said.