Columbia State breaks ground on new campus Friday


Columbia State breaks ground on new campus Friday

Columbia State Community College will break ground on phase one of its new Williamson campus on Friday at 10 a.m.

Columbia State Community College will break ground on phase one of its new Williamson campus on Friday at 10 a.m.

The 36-acre site is located at 1228 Liberty Pike in Franklin, which the school purchased in December 2011. State and local leaders will attend the public event.

Phase one will accommodate approximately 2,200 students, which leaves room for growth with 1,500-1,600 attending the college at present.

The phase includes an arts and humanities building; a science, technology, engineering and mathematics building; and an administration and student services building.

The new campus is projected to open mid-spring 2016.

At build-out, the campus will include a health sciences and technology facility, a wellness and student life building, an economic and workforce development center, a university center for baccalaureate and masters programs, an academic and outreach center, and a fine arts/theater building.

The groundbreaking marks the end of one journey to obtain a campus and the beginning of another that will provide additional educational opportunities for countless citizens for years in the future, said Janet Smith, Columbia State president.

On Friday, we will celebrate that opportunity by shoveling dirt and thanking the many Williamson County citizens who have been instrumental in making this dream a reality.

Construction funds totaling $38.5 million were placed in the state budget for the new campus. The community will match 10 percent of the cost.

Jessica Pace covers Williamson County, Williamson County Schools and the Town of Nolensville for BrentWord Communications. Contact her at jess@brentwoodhomepage.com or follow her on Twitter @Jess_Marie_Pace.

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