Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Athens, McMinn Higher Education Center

Athens, Tennessee


Goodwyn Mills Cawood


Tennessee Board of Regents


51,952 sq.ft.

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Design Team
Goodwyn Mills Cawood (Architecture, Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Construction Materials Testing, Interior Design, Environmental Services and Construction Administration); Edmonds Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Engineering); Structural Design Group (Structural Engineering); KITA Designs (Landscape Architect); Rouse Construction (General Contractor)

The McMinn Higher Education Center was designed to support the collaboration between multiple college and university programs within the state, as well as the county, city, and local industry. The two-story facility has classrooms, laboratories, high-bay vocational labs, offices, a multipurpose space with demonstration kitchen, and support spaces. The function and purpose are to consolidate different educational and career assistance efforts, provide local industry workforce training, and offer two-year associate degrees in agriculture and other services.

High-bay lab spaces are directly adjacent to the entrance lobby; aluminum and glass walls provide direct visibility to the industrial lab space upon entrance. A multi-panel video wall is also featured in the lobby.

The two-story portion of the building has CMU bearing walls, a second floor of precast hollow core planks, and steel bar roof joists. The one-story structure has steel columns with beams supporting a bar joist roof structure. The mechanical system is rooftop package units, and the exterior veneer is a combination of brick and metal panels.

The project meets the state’s High-Performance Building Requirements.

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Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Patcraft
Flooring by Armstrong World Industries
Brick/Masonry by General Shale
Flooring by Interface
Cabinets by Mott Mfg
Ceilings by CertainTeed
Ceramic Tile by American Olean
Door Hardware by Best Access Systems
Door Hardware by ASSA ABLOY
Door Hardware by Hager
Door Hardware by Ives
Door Hardware by LCN Closers
Door Hardware by Von Duprin
Doors by Overhead Door
Doors by Tubelite
Elevators by ThyssenKrupp Access
Insulation by Rmax, Inc.
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Plumbing by Zurn
Plumbing by Elkay
Plumbing by Bradley Corporation
Roofing by Carlisle SynTec
Windows by Tubelite
Lighting & Accessories by Lithonia Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Prudential Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by OCL Architectural Lighting
Emergency Lighting by Lithonia Lighting
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Edwards Systems Technologies
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Victaulic
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Tyco
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Anvil
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Potter Roemer
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Guardian
Security Systems by Lenel Security
Locks by Best Access Systems
Locks by HES
Card Systems by Lenel Security
Classroom Furniture by Enwork
Classroom Furniture by OFS
Computer Furniture by Enwork
Computer Furniture by OFS
Lounge Furniture by Enwork
Lounge Furniture by Global Total Office
Lounge Furniture by OFS
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Enwork
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by OFS
Office Furniture by Allsteel
Office Furniture by Global Total Office
Science Furniture by Mott Mfg
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Washroom Accessories by Georgia-Pacific
Washroom Fixtures by Zurn
HVAC Control Devices by Alerton
HVAC Units by Lennox
Draperies/Blinds by Hunter Douglas
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Claridge
Signage by A.R.K. Ramos
Benches/Site Furnishings by Landscape Forms
Walls/Wall Materials by Rockcast
Fencing/Edging by Merchants Metals
Waste Receptacles by Landscape Forms
Fencing/Edging by Hanover Architectural Products
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