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Motlow State Community College - Building III

With state initiatives such as TN Promise and Drive to 55 combined with Davidson County growth, Motlow State Community College has rapidly expanded its learning landscape in the Town of Smyrna. As the fastest-growing community college in the state, MSCC was pressed to implement its master growth plan. Rutherford County Teaching Addition III more than doubles the square footage of classroom, lab and student services space for this satellite campus.

This new academic building transforms the original site into a pedestrian-friendly campus setting designed to elevate the collegiate experience. A new tree-lined boulevard and central campus lawn maximizes the separation of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, while the new building unifies the campus’ design language with similar materials and a continuation of student green space.  All three buildings on the campus utilize renewable, clean energy with a geothermal heating/cooling system provided by geothermal wells under the new parking lot.

The main floor is dedicated to expanding student services for the campus.  A dynamic three-floor atrium welcomes students and visitors to complete school business in a one-stop experience with library, computer, financial, career, and tutoring spaces all visible off the main hall.  A flexible assembly space opens out to an exterior deck for student learning or community events.  The upper floors house faculty offices, health science labs, mechatronics labs, general classrooms, and many student collaboration spaces.  Particular classrooms are dedicated to distance learning opportunities, so the space can flex with the technology and interaction necessary for 21st-century learning.

With the addition of Building III, the two existing buildings have been renovated to increase space for student support services and create capacity for the growing Nursing program.  Renovations to the MaryLou Apple Science-Technology-Allied Health building include additional nursing labs with simulation rooms and an area for student organizations. Vacated space in the Arthur J. Walker, Jr. building is now a testing center, faculty offices and study rooms.


TN Board of Regents


Smyrna, TN

Square Footage

81,800 SF

Design Services

Architecture and Interior Design

Key Project Staff
Kevin Hall

Senior Project Designer

Rachel Gresham

Project Architect

Rich McNeil

Higher Education Practice Leader

Tim Yoko

Senior Project Manager