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Tremont plans second campus

Tremont President and CEO Catey McClary and board members discuss the future of the second campus while visiting the Townsend property. Erin Rosolina photo Tremont President and CEO Catey McClary and board members discuss the future of the second campus while visiting the Townsend property. Erin Rosolina photo

A $250,000 grant from the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Connected Communities Pilot Program will support development of a second campus for the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. 

The funds will allow Tremont to complete a detailed engineering design to retrofit an existing house into a regenerative education center, the first phase of the ambitious project. The second campus will allow for greater program capacity while demonstrating sustainability and equity efforts. It will meet International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge, a framework of rigorous regenerative building standards that incorporate clean energy goals, sustainable building practices and a positive impact on the surrounding community. It aims to be the first retrofitted Living Building Challenge building in the TVA region.

Knoxville-based McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects has been chosen for the first phase of the project, and the firm will work closely with Hennebery Eddy, an architecture and planning firm with offices in Oregon and Montana. 

To learn more about the project, visit gsmit.org/second-campus

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