Northeast State moving forward on Downtown Centre

Northeast State has announced that Shaw & Shanks Architects are nearing completion of design work for Downtown Centre renovations in Johnson City. Once plans are finalized, the College will issue bids for construction.

The design plans by Shaw & Shanks, a Johnson City-based company, will allow Northeast State to move ahead with construction that will meet required building, fire, and city codes and create space for offices and classrooms for the College’s Northeast State at Johnson City teaching location.

Northeast State continues moving forward to occupy the Downtown Centre in Johnson City.
Northeast State continues moving forward to occupy the Downtown Centre in Johnson City.

Northeast State signed a five-year lease for the Downtown Centre with the Johnson City Development Authority, which has committed $1 million in funds for interior renovations. The building is located at 101 E. Market St.

The building’s exterior has been pressure-washed, cleaned, and painted with a 3-color scheme. Signage will be placed on the building in the near future, including a digital sign near the intersection of Buffalo and Market streets. In addition, the College’s plant operations personnel have cleaned the building’s interior courtyard and are in the process of landscaping the area.

The College recently received $180,000 in funds from the state’s new Clean Tennessee Energy Grant Program to replace the building’s HVAC system.

The College proposes to install two boilers as part of the replacement for the HVAC system in the facility. Having two units will permit the use of one or both as demand dictates.

The building’s current HVAC system has been in the building since its construction in 1986.  The new system will increase thermal efficiency from 75 percent to 95 percent and overall annual HVAC operating costs are projected to decrease from $60,000 to about $46,000.

The courtyard area at the Downtown Centre.
The courtyard area at the Downtown Centre.

Students enrolling at the Johnson City teaching site may take advantage of East Tennessee State University’s Dual Admission Program. Dually admitted students first enroll at Northeast State to complete an associate’s degree and then enroll at ETSU to pursue a bachelor’s degree. The program eases the transfer process, fosters academic success, and provides enhanced advisement and transition support services. ETSU will have an office in the facility to provide information for the program as well as a variety of other services. ETSU’s dual admission program is available to Northeast State students at all of the College’s teaching sites.

“We’re excited about this partnership and the opportunity for students to be dually admitted to Northeast State and ETSU,” said Dr. Rick Osborn, Dean of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach. “Not only will this new location make higher education more accessible for students in northeast Tennessee, leading to more college graduates in area, but it will also invigorate Johnson City’s downtown.  I look forward to the opening.”

More information about dual admission can be found at

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