Source: Knoxville News Sentinel | February 1, 2019

A rendering of the science and math building at the Pellissippi State Community College Hardin Valley campus that was announced on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 (Photo: Pellissippi State Community College)

Pellissippi State Community College announced its largest expansion since the college’s opening in 1974, including two new buildings on two of their campuses.

A new math and science building will be built on the Hardin Valley campus, with construction starting at the end of this spring semester. A workforce development center will be built on the Blount County campus, with construction starting at the end of 2019.

Both buildings are scheduled to open in fall 2021.

“It’s going to be a couple of really exciting years,” PSCC President Anthony Wise said on Friday.

The $27 million math and science building will be 82,000 square feet and include 18 classrooms, six computer labs and nine science labs. When completed, it will be the largest building on the Hardin Valley campus.

“Pellissippi State’s general biology lab is in use for 12 hours a day, five days a week, with most labs at full capacity,” said Kane Barker, dean of natural and behavioral sciences. “Many students need this course and other math and science classes in order to graduate on time. This new building will double the capacity for many of our core classes.”

Wise said the new building will address some “capacity concerns,” and allow for more science and math classes.

The building will be primarily funded by the state, with PSCC raising $2.7 million of the total cost.

The workforce development center at the Blount County campus will cost $16.5 million and is being funded by the state and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Knoxville, which will occupy part of the building. PSCC will be responsible for raising $5.5 million of the workforce development center.

Wise said the workforce development needs in Blount County “are really immediate,” and will help address the need for more maintenance technicians, electrical engineers and robotics technicians in the area.

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