sbirdCommercial, Restaurant

Located on the Parkway, this restaurant was conceived as a “step out of the park” by the owners when the property was purchased in 1991. By utilizing an existing restaurant building envelope and incorporating a new dining room and kitchen, the new facility achieved its goal of a functional, yet aesthetically pleasing, interior environment.

First Presbyterian Church

Gino PetersonSpiritual

Tasked with creating a cohesive and simplified entry and wayfinding system for this downtown Knoxville church, JAI captured existing interstitial space between historic and new buildings to create a central spine or main street for the growing congregation. Selected through a competitive selection process, JAI completed a master plan for renovations and additions to First Presbyterian’s 68,000 square-foot historic campus. …

Adrian Burnett Elementary School

Gino PetersonEducation, K-12

The new Adrian Burnett Elementary School, located on Brown Gap Road in the Halls community, replaced an old all-wood structure that no longer accommodated the needs of the student population or Knox County Schools. The new school accommodates approximately 800 students and features 34 classrooms; four teacher work areas; two special education classrooms with shared support spaces; 7,100-square-foot gymnasium, including …

Point B

Gino PetersonCommercial, Restaurant

Working with our clients, JAI transformed a blank, strip-mall box into a quietly handsome dining space. From a golden-draped circular entry vestibule, through the restaurant to the recessed glass-doored “liquor safe” with an enviable collection of liquors and wines from all over the world, the space graciously welcomes diners and bar patrons alike. A series of arches march behind the …

Cherokee Cultural Corridor

sbirdMaster Planning/Charrette

Beginning with a three-day, on-site design charrette in Cherokee, North Carolina, JAI developed a comprehensive master plan that establishes a new Cultural Corridor with the goal of creating a reenergized mixed-use visitor, resident and workforce environment. This combined conceptual master plan reorients the study area to focus first on serving the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and providing a beautiful, …

Wendover Country Estate

sbirdResidential, Single Family

This French-country estate nestled against a wooded ridgeline on a farm in West Knoxville features a bold, limewashed white brick exterior with swept roof eaves and classic copper accents. The home was designed for single-story living and remains light and airy throughout with large glazing units and vaulted ceilings. It features three en suite bedrooms, multiple indoor and outdoor living …


sbirdCommercial, Restaurant

This location was the first completely new structure for the Calhoun’s restaurant chain. Designed as the new prototype, the project succeeds in continuing the mountain-themed imagery. JAI provided full design and construction document services for the project. Interior finishes include dark woods, cultured stone and tile, and exterior finishes include brick, cultured stone and pre-cast concrete.

Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church

Gino PetersonSpiritual

After the existing church property was purchased for a new retail development, the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church contracted with JAI to design a new facility on Oak Ridge Turnpike. The church is surrounded by a Memorial Garden, pavilion, playground and labyrinth to support the diversity of the congregation. The building contains classrooms, administrative spaces, a social hall and a …

Lakefront Pool House Addition

Gino PetersonResidential, Single Family

Located in an area with sweeping northwestern views of the main channel of the Tennessee River, this open-air pool house is designed to complement the adjacent 1929 Baumann & Baumann-designed, two-story home. By utilizing the same quarry cut fieldstone, slate roofing material, and painstakingly recreated painted wood trim details, the new pool house opens to the view and a new …

South College

Gino PetersonEducation, Higher Education

JAI has provided South College with design services since 2002, including the college’s first building in the Neoclassical style and the Parkside Campus expansion. Main CampusSquare feet: 65,000Cost: $7,000,000Year Completed: 2005 South College selected JAI by to provide full architectural and interior design services for the new Main Campus. The design for the 7-acre site allowed sufficient parking and site …