Design of New Space Consistent with Downtown Architecture
The WSCC Greeneville/Greene County Campus Enhancement Plan includes a new 84,000 square-foot building that has been designed to match the historical architecture of downtown Greeneville and the heritage of higher education in this region. Designed by local architect John Fisher, the building will feature state-of-the art natural science and health labs; residential police and fire academies; a 234-seat auditorium; and general classrooms and student support areas. It will also include outdoor spaces such as a pedestrian plaza.
Because the building that houses the WSCC Greeneville/Greene County Campus was originally designed to function as a hospital, the creation of spaces that are designed architecturally for education is the focus of this enhancement project.
The current Greene County Campus facility, built as a hospital in the 1970's, contains 44,376 square feet of net useable space at this time, but this space is supported by a failing infrastructure – failing mechanical systems, fragile and failing water and sewer lines, outdated and failing electrical systems. Lab facilities are less than half the square footage necessary to address student support needs. Furthermore, due to structural limitations, the current facility is not suitable for educational spaces such as tiered classrooms, skills labs, and student support services.
Renovations to the first and second floors of the current facility are included in the campus enhancement plan.
In December 2010, Walters State learned that it was one of only five community colleges in Tennessee to receive $9 million in capital improvement grant funds to improve the college's Greeneville/Greene County Campus. The funds were set aside by the state for capital improvement projects at Tennessee's community colleges. The grants were structured to encourage local community support by requiring a 15 percent match. Thanks to the generosity and leadership of Greeneville businessman and philanthropist Mr. Scott Niswonger, Walters State met the local match.
Project Not Fully Funded
The $9 million in capital funds Walters State received was based on a $20 million proposal to improve the Greeneville/Greene County Campus. To build the new space as proposed and create new programs in allied health and public safety, the college will need to raise additional non-state funds.