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Location: McMinnville, Tenn.
Size: 9,372 sq. ft.
Complete: August 2017
Owner: Isha Institute of Inner-Sciences Center

Isha Front and Back Additions

One of J&S Construction’s most unique job sites – the Isha Institute of Inner-Sciences Center, a 1,400 acre haven located in McMinnville, Tenn., that offers empowerment and wellbeing through ancient yogic methods. The rustic site also features hiking and mountain biking trails, private housing, and other retreat activities including Mahima Program Hall – the largest yoga and meditation hall in the western hemisphere.

J&S Construction was contracted to complete two new expansions to Mahima Program Hall – a new front awning and a rear extension for additional office space. The facility includes a distinctive radius dome structure which created unique challenges, but J&S Construction’s versatile Design-Build approach was able to streamline the construction process by combining the design, construction quality, cost and schedule into a single point of responsibility.

The front addition includes a 7,455 square-foot entrance pavilion made up of 50 tons of steel, a concrete pad, exterior gypsum board and TPO insulated membrane roof with a series of rain chains on each side to divert water away from the structure.

The 1,917 square-foot rear addition provides staff and guests with two additional meeting spaces, a waiting area, a reception area and vestibule with snack station, additional restroom facilities and attached garage. The new rear addition boasts 9’8” ceilings throughout, bamboo hardwoods, custom tile flooring, custom built cabinetry with self-closing drawers and granite counter tops, modern brushed nickel fixtures, and solid core wooden doors.

The rear addition also showcases beautiful fold-away crank windows in an oil-rubbed bronze finish, two new canopy structures separate from the meeting room addition, custom-built louver windows to provide natural air flow and venting to the attached garage, and bronze aluminum rain chains in place of traditional guttering downspouts.

The J&S Construction team successfully utilized the Design-Build approach to construct both additions in a way that creates an overall smooth structural flow, leaving an appearance as though the addition was part of the original design.