Students at one of Tennessee’s fastest-growing colleges can stretch out this fall and enjoy a little more elbow room. That’s because construction concluded late this summer – just in time for the start of classes – on a new addition to Motlow College’s Smyrna Center, giving students more resources, classrooms and, of course, space.

The new 35,000-square-foot building on campus includes technology-enhanced classrooms, faculty and staff offices, a student success center, study/lounge areas for students, a renovated library and bookstore and labs for nursing, chemistry and microbiology. Perhaps the most needed resources, though, are the building’s three computer labs.

Gary Winton, assistant director of student services at the Smyrna Center, told Amanda Haggard of the Murfreesboro (TN) Daily News Journal last May that students’ need to use computers sometimes caused issues at the library.

“Before we got the new building, sometimes we’d have a line going out the door of the library of people waiting to use computers,” Winton said. “It was often loud, and students didn’t feel it was conducive to studying.”

And the problems stretched beyond the library, according to Keith Claxton, associate professor of mathematics at the Smyrna Center. “If you had seen the faculty sharing offices and the limits we had on class sizes,” he said, “you’d understand why this new amount of space is such a big deal.”

Construction on the building started in August of 2012, and completed about a year later. Messer used Building Information Modeling (BIM) for the project – a digital representation of the facility that boosts efficiency and ensures that extensive building systems are installed correctly the first time.

The long-term goal for the expanding school is to not force students to have to drive to its other sites. The school also has campuses in Moore County, Fayetteville and McMinnville.

Motlow College began offering classes in 1998, using nearby Riverdale High School’s facilities. The school moved to the Tennessee Army National Guard building in 2000, before moving to its current location in 2006.


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