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, serving a growing demand for higher education in a highly competitive market. To capture this demand, TSW, a multidisciplinary team of experts, worked with the college to develop the Nashville State Community College Master Plan. The plan was based on an analysis of population density, population growth projections, low wage job density, visibility, transit access, and other factors, to determine the best location for new campuses. The plan was developed to help the college to expand its education services in Nashville-Davidson County.

As a result of the master plan, funding has been released for two new Nashville State locations in Nashville-Davidson County. The Master Plan also 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. Additionally, it 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.

Furthermore, TSW previously conducted a comprehensive space analysis for Nashville State’s main campus in 2006. 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. Through engaging college leaders and the Tennessee Board of Regents, the Master Plan is a comprehensive and ambitious development strategy that aims to enhance the education services of Nashville State in the region.