When the Tennessee Board of Regents needed a dependable, community-driven firm to bring in new HVAC systems and upgrade the electrical at various campuses of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT), they called on Gresham Smith to get the job done. From the initial design, to analyzing the scope and estimating the cost of the project, to overseeing its’ completion, the firm is responsible for delivering high-quality results that will advance future generations of Tennesseans.


Tennessee Board of Regents


Various, TN


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Hartsville Campus

Hartsville Campus

In need of new lighting for several classroom spaces, the Hartsville campus asked Gresham Smith to investigate how they could holistically redesign the space to accommodate a new electrical system and LED lights. Utilizing a mix of wall-mounted fixtures, recessed lighting, and suspended fixtures, our designers delivered a cost-efficient, high-performance, sustainable solution that will modernize the classrooms.
Murfreesboro Campus

Murfreesboro Campus

Gresham Smith was tasked with improving and replacing the campus’ HVAC system, as well as assessing ways to improve the current plumbing system. To improve the ability of the system to maintain occupant comfort and distribute conditioned air, we recommended replacing the aging existing systems and installing a new 10-ton chilled water vertical air handler, and upgrading the existing four gas-fired heaters, gas flues, and valving.

Since we didn’t have any drawings of the existing plumbing to reference, we suggested investigating the existing system’s layout and conditions prior to any beginning demolition or installing new equipment. The firm is working with TCAT to select a plumbing contractor that will inspect 350 feet of piping and analyze how the building’s sewer system can be reconfigured and strengthened.

Shelbyville Campus

Shelbyville Campus

Replacing five HVAC units and upgrading the electrical system to support the increased capacity is no easy task, but Gresham Smith found a way to accomplish it in a short timeframe, while also giving TCAT greater control over their heating and air-conditioning. The team provided a design to add supplemental cooling systems to the densely occupied computer labs, which would not impact the existing building system. Additionally, the electrical service was upgraded due to the existing electrical panels being at capacity- an additional distribution panel was designed along with new circuiting for new equipment and space for future circuits. This innovative solution helped the campus meet their needs with minimal disruption and downtime, while also staying within their target budget.

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Johnathan Woodside, P.E., C.E.M., LEED AP (O+M)
Johnathan Woodside, P.E., C.E.M., LEED AP (O+M)
Senior Mechanical Engineer