Under Construction: New Chattanooga State campus in Kimball

Under Construction: New Chattanooga State campus in Kimball

February 2nd, 2014 by Alex Green in Business Diary

The first building for Chattanooga State's Kimball, Tenn., campus is going up on Main Street.

Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press.

Site of new Chattanooga State campus in Kimball, Tenn.

Photo by Laura McNutt/Times Free Press.

• Project: New Chattanooga State campus in Kimball, Tenn.

• Owner: Marion County, which will lease the facility to Chattanooga State.

• Location: 1500 Main St., in Kimball.

• Architect: Hefferlin Kronenberg Architects, Chattanooga.

• Square footage: 12,000 square feet.

• Contractor: Chazler Inc., in Chattanooga.

• Cost for project: $2.6 million for first new building.

• Scope: A new science lab will allow Kimball campus students to take science courses for the first time from the Kimball branch. County and school officials hope expanding the Kimball campus will eventually allow students to fulfill all Chattanooga State degree requirements in Kimball. The Kimball campus serves students from Marion and Grundy counties in Tennessee, Dade County in Georgia and Jackson County in Alabama.

• History: There has been a Chattanooga State campus in Kimball since 1993. The satellite branch offers general education courses and two Tennessee College of Applied Technology programs, in welding and cosmetology.

• Future: Marion County and college officials hope to continue the Kimball campus expansion and add five or six more buildings in the coming years. The hope is that Chattanooga State students in Kimball can earn a degree without having to commute to the main campus in Chattanooga.

• Timeline: Officials hope to be moved into the new building before fall classes begin in August. Future plans do not have a definite date.

- Compiled by staff writer Alex Green, who can be reached at agreen@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6480.