Community members, students, faculty, staff and administration gathered on the first level of the new Columbia State Community College Williamson Campus parking garage for a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, Nov. 15 celebrating the completion of the structure.
“This is a great thing to celebrate for our students,” said Dr. Janet F. Smith, Columbia State president. “Thank you all for being here, and thank you for the support you give to the college.”
The 157,636 square-foot structure houses approximately 470 parking spaces, which should eliminate the need for overflow parking at Liberty Park. Approximately 400 students currently utilize overflow parking throughout the week, but only 200 spaces are used at any peak time. The garage will not only accommodate students but also provide additional parking for campus visitors and those utilizing the campus for community events.
Dr. Dearl Lampley, Columbia State vice president for Williamson Campus and external services, recognized the City of Franklin, the City of Franklin Parks Department and the Transportation Management Association for their partnership in providing Columbia State with parking and transportation for students during the new garage’s construction. Currently, approximately 40–50 students utilize the Franklin Transit shuttles with the “Show I.D. — Ride for Free” campaign.
“It’s all a partnership” Smith said. “Without partnerships, we would not be successful.”