Motlow State Community College Master Plan 2017


Client: Motlow State Community College

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Status: Completed in 2017


  • Master Plan for campus in rapidly growing area of suburban Nashville
  • Included demographic study looking at enrollment growth and job market sectors
  • First recommended building has already been funded and designed


Motlow State is one of the fastest growing colleges in Tennessee, and growth has been concentrated on their booming Smyrna campus is suburban Nashville. After only five years, enrollment growth had reached the projections from TSW’s 2012 Master Plan, so Motlow State reached out to TSW to completely update the plan.

TSW worked with college administrators, faculty, and students to develop a vision for the future of the campus that moves beyond a suburban, parking oriented design to create a quad and a true collegiate environment.
The Master Plan recommends a series of new buildings that will meet crucial needs for academic space on a campus where courses are being scheduled seven days a week. It also moves beyond academic spaces to provide study and gathering places, meeting facilities, a modern library, facilities and support space, and more. It is these investments that will ultimately establish this site as a true college campus.

TSW also conducted a detailed demographic study as part of the Master Plan to examine population growth and other factors that will influence enrollment growth. The study also analyzed job growth and placement rates in the region to determine which academic programs are likely to experience the most growth. Combined with a detailed space analysis, this allowed TSW and the college to determine future needs and create a detailed program for the next proposed building.