Middle Tennessee Community Colleges Master Plans


Client: Tennessee Board of Regents

Location: Five Institutions in Central Tennessee

Status: Completed in 2016 and 2017


  • Master plans for five institutions with 27 total campuses
  • Regional demographic analysis to determine future academic programs and future campus locations
  • Comprehensive space analysis and physical master plan for each institution


TSW completed a series of Master Plans for five community colleges in Metro Nashville and Middle Tennessee: Nashville State, Columbia State, Motlow State, Roane State, and Volunteer State. These series of coordinated plans cover more than 22,000 students and 2.9 million square feet of space on more than two dozen small campuses. The planning effort includes the following components:

  • Demographic analysis that looks at population growth, educational attainment, and other factors affecting enrollment growth in each college’s service area, including an analysis of differing challenges in urban, suburban, and rural areas
  • Regional labor market analysis to compare graduates to jobs and the job outlook in every market sector that corresponds to academic programs on each campus
  • Comprehensive space analysis, looking at room utilization, course scheduling, and projected needs for classrooms, computer labs, and specialized labs, as well as non-academic spaces such as offices, study spaces, and recreation spaces
  • Significant engagement of students, faculty, and administrators from each institution, including focus groups, one-on-one interviews, and online surveys
  • Physical plans showing future expansions and other site improvements based on the regional context, enrollment growth projections, and space analysis
  • Analysis of and recommended improvements for outdoor gathering spaces, parking areas, walkways, driveways, landscaping, trees, stormwater, and other physical components
  • Recommendations for renovations and new buildings to provide improved teaching spaces and enhance the student experience