Northeast State Community College Technical Education Complex machinery

Northeast State Community College Technical Education Complex

Blountville, TN


  • Assignment: Construction Manager
  • Architect: Fisher & Associates; Ken Ross Architects
  • Mechanical Engineer: Facility Systems Consultants
  • Structural Engineer: J.L. Jacobs & Associates
  • Civil Engineer: Vaugh & Melton Consulting Engineers


The project supports the “Drive to 55” initiative - a campaign to raise the number of Tennesseans who hold two- and four-year degrees to 55 percent by 2025. It is a three-story, 130,000 sf facility housing space for classrooms, lab space, and faculty offices for Advanced Technologies. It includes lab space for instruction in computer numeric control (CNC) machining, welding, HVAC/electromechanical, electrical and wiring, magnetics and motors and programmable logic controller (PLC)/mechatronics. Spaces for Entertainment Technology includes a lighting and sound lab, recording studios and a sound editing room. Spaces for Business Technologies includes labs for business, computer programming, PC maintenance, cyber security, networking, accounting, professional office administration, entertainment technology and an entrepreneurial center as well as faculty offices and classrooms.


  • This project’s location on an occupied campus required significant attention to site logistics, ensuring minimal disruption to daily operations in addition to preserving student, faculty, staff and visitor safety.
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM) enabled our team to virtually model the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems prior to construction, ultimately reducing cost and increasing the reliability of the construction schedule.
  • Our team had to pay particular attention to protect the site during demolition and installation of the new courtyard.

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