Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology


Client: Tennessee Board of Regents

Location: Tennessee

Status: Master Plan adopted by TN Higher Education Commission, Governor’s Drive to 55 Initiative will help reach enrollment goals


  • First comprehensive Master Plan for the state’s technical college system
  • Integrates regional economic context with academic and space planning
  • Facilities analysis of approx. 1,750,000 square feet at 27 institutions


The Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology have received international attention for their high job placement rates and close links with local industry and statewide economic development goals. TSW completed the first Statewide Master Plan for all 27 institutions in the system, including the following components:

  • Regional labor market and demographic analysis for each campus to understand potential facilities expansions in the context of growing job sectors and industry needs
  • Comprehensive facilities and architectural analysis for all building systems, covering more than 1,750,000 square feet of space
  • Development of a new space model to determine lab, classroom, office, and other space needs for each campus and academic program
  • Individual interviews, focus groups, and online surveys with hundreds of instructors, campus directors, local leaders, and major employers
  • Detailed expansion and migration plans for each campus, including space for proposed programs, recommended site improvements, and land acquisition plans
  • Implementation plan and discussions with Board of Regents on statewide priorities