Austin Peay State University Releases Concepts for New Health Professions Building – Clarksville Online

Clarksville, TN – In fall 2025, students at Austin Peay State University will likely take classes and help members of the local community in an impressive new campus centerpiece – an iconic glass and brick healthcare professions building .

Earlier this month, Nashville-based Hastings Architecture and Maryland-based design firm Ayers Saint Gross released the first concept renderings of the facility, which features a bold design for Austin Peay’s newest building.

“What they provided is not the final design for this project, but the Health Professions building should look very similar to these images,” said Marc Brunner, director of APSU Capital Planning, Design and Construction.

In April 2021, the Tennessee General Assembly approved funding for the state-of-the-art facility, paving the way for the University to consolidate its growing healthcare-related programs – nursing, health sciences related, health and human performance, psychological science and counseling and social work – all under one roof.

“This new facility will not only transform our campus — both physically and academically — it will improve the public health of our neighbors, friends and family,” APSU President Mike Licari said last spring. “Students will collaborate with others in different fields, making them better healthcare professionals, and the building will provide important public clinical space to serve different populations, including veterans and low-income citizens.

Construction on the 114,000 square foot building will begin later this year on Eighth Street, just north of the Maynard Mathematics and Computer Science Building. When completed, it will include research labs, active learning classrooms and collaborative learning spaces.

A view of the building from Jackson Alley.
A view of the building from Jackson Alley.

In November 2020, the Clarksville-Montgomery County Community Health Foundation committed $3 million to the Austin Peay State University Foundation to establish the CMC Community Health Foundation Equipment & Building Fund. This donation went toward, and in fact exceeded, the University’s matching funding, required by the state.

“The planned Health Professions Building at APSU will not simply house separate health care-related programs; it will allow us to revolutionize the way we train future healthcare professionals,” said Dr. Nicole Knickmeyer, Chair of APSU’s Department of Psychological and Counseling Sciences. “The new building is designed in a spirit of innovation by creating spaces that promote the development of interprofessional skills and competencies.

“An example of this is the planned training clinic that will operate in the new building,” she continued. “This clinic will allow APSU to meet a great need in the community by offering a range of health services to residents of the community. Trainees in our Master of Counseling, Doctor of Counseling Psychology, Master of Speech Language Pathology, and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner programs will have the opportunity to develop interprofessional skills alongside those of their respective disciplines. These opportunities will train graduates who enter their field with an integrated care-oriented mindset from the outset.

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