Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School Multipurpose Facility

Memphis, Tennessee

A centerpiece of Grace-St Luke’s Episcopal School campus in midtown Memphis, the multipurpose facility is a 42,000 square foot, two-story, steel-framed school building with a cold-formed, metal truss roof system. The facility includes a basketball gym, library, cafeteria, and classroom space.  Located in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, the building was one of the first east of the Mississippi to utilize Buckling-Restrained Braced Frames (BRBF) to resist the lateral forces resulting from earthquake motions.  This innovative lateral system was the subject of the article “Bracing for a Solid Education” written by SDL’s Steve Anderson and published in Modern Steel Construction