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Pellissippi State Community College (PSCC)

Multi-Purpose Building and Renovations

Knoxville, TN

The new 77,000 GSF (65,000 net SF) Multi-Purpose Building addressed space deficits for academic classrooms, science and other class labs, and faculty offices. The relocation of seven dated science labs, most with fun hoods, plus the addition of one new science lab to the new building supported academic programs in biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and physics. A welcoming lobby with reception space was included.

Lab space was designed for General Chemistry Lab, Advanced Chemistry Lab, Chemistry Prep Room, General Biology Lab, Biology/Anatomy and Physiology Prep Room, Microbiology Lab, Anatomy/Physiology Lab, and Physical Sciences Lab.

The HVAC system consists of Variable Air Volume (VAV) air handling units served by condensing hot water boiler for heating and air-cooled chiller for cooling to serve the Classroom, Laboratory, and Office Spaces. The Laboratory Portion of the building utilizes a Variable Air Volume exhaust system with heat recovery. The laboratory is fed by a system of venture type makeup and exhaust valves to maintain building pressurization.

A study was conducted with the campus facility staff to determine economic and engineering feasibility to tie into the campus utility tunnel. ICT"s familiarity with the tunnel and communication with campus staff led to a decision to supply the new building with a local energy plant instead of tying into the central utility loop.

The Multi-Purpose Facility meets the State of Tennessee's High Performance Building Requirements.


77,000 SF


Tennessee Board of Regents


BarberMcMurry Architects





Multi-Purpose / Laboratory