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With the Motlow College Smyrna Center’s expansion project in its final months of construction, Motlow President MaryLou Apple wants to thank all who supported the project’s fundraising campaign, which closed with a total of more than $3 million in contributions.
“The new classroom building at our Smyrna Center represents the amazing generosity of Rutherford County citizens and is a testament to what can happen when people work together,” Apple said. “Special thanks to the Town of Smyrna, the Rutherford County Commission, the Christy Houston Foundation, and the Rutherford County Industrial Development Board, who helped this project progress from the planning stage to reality.”
Following is a list of donors and amounts given during the Smyrna expansion fundraising campaign: The Town of Smyrna, (gift of land), $1,200,000; Christy Houston Foundation, $1,081,488; Rutherford County Industrial Development Board, $471,460; Rutherford County Commission, $200,000; Motlow College Foundation, $200,000; personal donations, $244,290, for a total of $3,397,238.
In addition, the state contributed $7,613,700 to the project, which it is estimated will have a final cost of approximately $10,400,000 for the construction of 35,000-square-foot exterior and land plus $610,938 for equipment, according to information from Jan Rogers, director of advancement for the college.
The 35,000-square-foot, two-story building will provide additional classrooms; nursing, chemistry, microbiology and computer labs; faculty and staff offices; and a student success center. It is expected to be completed before the fall semester. The building was designed by Thomas, Miller & Partners, PLLC, and is being built by Messer Construction.