Nashville State Community College Master Plan


Client: Tennessee Board of Regents

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Status: Completed in 2013


  • Demographic analysis determined need for future campus locations in rapidly growing metro area
  • Space analysis identified underutilized spaces and key space needs
  • Proposed improvements would turn the main quad into a true gathering space


Nashville State is the community college for Tennessee’s most populous metro region. While facilities on the main campus are adequate, TSW worked with the college to determine the best location for new campuses to capture growing regional demand for higher education in a highly competitive market. This analysis was based on population density (especially for those residents most in need of higher education), population growth projections, low wage job density, visibility, transit access, and other factors. Funding has since been released for two new Nashville State locations in Nashville-Davidson County.

TSW’s Master Plan examined ways to improve the quadrangle on the main campus, which is currently a pass-through space that lacks landscaping and a sense of identity. The Master Plan also provided a detailed space and utilization analysis and recommendations for Nashville State’s campus in Clarksville, as well as the Southeast Campus, located in a renovated former shopping mall. TSW also previously conducted a comprehensive space analysis for Nashville State’s main campus in 2006.

Through engaging college leaders and the Tennessee Board of Regents, the Master Plan projected future enrollment growth on existing and proposed campuses, developed a list of improvements and cost estimates for each site, and provided a set of criteria that can be used in the future to determine utilization of existing facilities and space demands at potential future facilities.