Columbia State campus in Franklin announces plans for 4th building

Columbia State Community College-Williamson has announced plans to add a fourth building to its campus in Franklin, pending state budget approval. (Courtesy Columbia State Community College)
Columbia State Community College-Williamson has announced plans to add a fourth building to its campus in Franklin, pending state budget approval. (Courtesy Columbia State Community College)

Columbia State Community College-Williamson has announced plans to add a fourth building to its campus in Franklin, pending state budget approval. (Courtesy Columbia State Community College)

The Williamson County campus of Columbia State Community College will add a fourth building in Franklin after receiving funding in Gov. Bill Lee's 2021-22 budget.

The budget, released by Lee on Feb. 13, includes more than $4.8 billion in funding for higher education institutions, including community colleges.

CSCC will use its portion of that funding to add a new arts and technology building to its campus on Liberty Pike, according to an announcement from the college.

“I am thankful for the work of our college and community members in moving this project forward and appreciate the legislative and state-level support the college has received,” CSCC President Janet F. Smith said in a release. “I am particularly appreciative of our Williamson legislative delegation and their support for this project and for increased higher education opportunities in Williamson County. The Arts and Technology Building is aligned with their support as it opens the door for new programs, enrollment growth and enhanced partnerships with community businesses.”

Preliminary construction work is slated to begin in late summer or early fall pending budget approval by the Tennessee Legislature, according to CSCC. The new 41,000-square-foot building will include classrooms, labs, student engagement spaces, and a 150-seat instructional space with a stage and theater-style seating.

The new building will also feature a state-of-the-art anesthesia and technology lab. CSCC, which has five campuses throughout Middle Tennessee, has also announced plans to partner with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Dickson for a licensed nursing program, certified nursing assistant program and other programs to be taught at the Williamson campus in the future.

According to CSCC, significant work has already been completed on design and construction plans, which will allow the project to move forward quickly if the budget is approved. The college is also raising funds to meet a required community match for the project.

“I look forward to working with businesses, individuals and community organizations to invest their dollars into the sustained development of the Williamson Campus for student success and community and economic development,” Smith said. “Opportunities abound when we work together.”
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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