Concrete/construction building ‘beginning of a new chapter’ for MTSU

Sunny, blue skies and warm temperatures were the backdrop at the official ribbon cutting Thursday to officially open Middle Tennessee State University’s state-of-the-art School of Concrete and Construction Management Building, located on the west side of campus.

The $40.1 million facility features 54,000 square feet of integrated and experiential learning laboratories for 135 current Concrete Industry Management majors and 200 Commercial Construction Management students. The new building is six times the size the program previously had in the Voorhies Engineering Technology building.

Middle Tennessee State University hosted a ribbon cutting for the state-of-the-art Concrete and Construction Management Building on Oct. 13, 2022.

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee calls the SCCM building “the beginning of a new chapter” for the university’s concrete and construction programs.

“With today’s dedication, we are publicly reaffirming our commitment to maintaining the nation’s finest program in Concrete and Construction Management,” McPhee told a crowd of guests.

The new facility marks an expansion of the university’s Corridor of Innovation in the heart of campus, anchored by the state-of-the-art Science Building. In coming years, SCCM will have a new neighbor as the Applied Engineering Building will be built in that same area of ​​campus.

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Among the SCCM building’s many features are a 200-seat lecture hall, four basic materials and building labs, a dedicated mechanical electrical plumbing classroom, a covered amphitheater and two computer labs — including a virtual design and construction lab capable of advanced building models and construction simulations, plus an augmented virtual reality lab for immersive experiences.

Construction is a $1 trillion-plus industry that impacts every aspect of life where we live, work, learn, shop, dine and more. Students graduating from the program average $60,000-plus in starting salary and have an almost 100% placement rate, program officials said.

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