27 years later and Lawson Electric Company is still going back to school. In this case, It’s not a matter of receiving instruction, but of giving back, part of a long track record of service and problem solving. Lawson has built a longstanding and valued relationship with Baylor School—one of Tennessee’s finest educational institutions—and that has proved better than any diploma.
Baylor School, which enrolls students in grades 6-12, is an award-winning private prep school in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Founded in 1893, the school’s 670-acre campus sits among the trees on the banks of the Tennessee River. Some of the beautiful red brick buildings that dot the campus are as much as a century old.
Any large institution with a campus more than a century old is going to have ongoing electrical needs and challenges. As a full-service provider, Lawson has been just the go-to that Baylor has needed to lean on. Lawson attends regularly to design/build projects, renovations, and general maintenance of the facility.
Student center and dining facility Guerry Hall, built in 1931, was recently expanded and modernized thanks to the help of Lawson. Renovations included 15 kilovolt power lines, and a three-way power switch that operates two 480-volt transformers. 1200 amps now flow to the building. Voltage is a measure of the pressure that allows electrons to flow. Amperage is a measure of the volume of electrons.
Baylor’s Humanities building was recently updated to state-of-the-art lighting controls. This included daylight harvesting motion sensors and generators to back up all emergency lights. LED lighting allows the building to utilize power more efficiently. State of the art usage dictates that classrooms be adaptable. Rooms can now be rearranged for any classroom setting with lighting and multimedia needs to match.
Lawson financed a solar field project for Baylor which feeds power to the school, and after ten years the solar field will be turned over to Baylor with no upfront cost. Lawson built and continues to maintain street lighting throughout campus, including 80-foot light poles on the soccer and football fields.
When Baylor School donated land to the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute, Lawson was integrally involved in building what now stands as the Southeast’s only freshwater research center—a 14,000-square-foot facility that gives students the opportunity to rub elbows with aquatic scientists and dive even deeper into the freshwater sciences.
Baylor School is an athletic powerhouse, having the best high school sports program in Tennessee and a top-25 program nationwide according to Sports Illustrated. Lawson has been involved at every level of updating and maintaining the athletic facilities. The Natatorium (swimming facility) is considered one of the “fastest pools” around. Indirect lighting is designed to keep light out of swimmers’ eyes, which results in faster swim times. More records have been broken in this pool. The school’s strength-and-conditioning center now boasts “wow-factor” lighting, thanks to Lawson.
More athletic projects are yet to come. An outdoor swimming pool project just broke ground, and the football press box is being expanded it to include men’s and women’s restrooms, and to make it more user-friendly for visiting press.