Focus’ executive team has managed over 45 million dollars in college and university construction and design projects. We strive to develop genuine relationships with the school’s cabinet and key personnel in order to best understand the school so we can create a detailed Master Plan capable of meeting both current and future needs.

Not only should a campus be adequately equipped for those currently attending the school, but it must also be a positive experience for potential students. We formulate project schedules around academic calendars so construction work does not become an inconvenience for traffic, student housing, and special events.

In the planning stages of construction, we model scaling estimates on numbers rather than percentages to ensure accuracy. This means campus expansion efforts are based on actual student count rather than projected growth.

Tax Exemptions:

At Focus, we employ an experienced accounting staff to assist in College and University construction financial matters. This pertains specifically to all items qualifying as sales and use tax exemptions.

Project(s) and Client Examples

“Focus has exceeded our expectations in every facet of the design and planning phases.”

- Truett-McConnell University Executive Administrator

“We would enthusiastically recommend Focus Design Builders to you for consideration on any construction/renovation projects you are planning.”

– Danny Akin, President
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Perhaps the most critically important aspect of Focus’ expertise and attention has been their ongoing concern for the (project) Owner’s financial interests. They have achieved this by working diligently to pursue the best long-term value that is in the Owner’s interests and presenting options for the Owner to consider.”

- Lindell Sherrill, Director of Institutional Studio
Wakefield Beasley & Associates, Architect for Truett-McConnell University projects

Truett-McConnell University

Since 2010, we have worked with Truett-McConnell in high level master planning as the school made the transition from College to University. Between 2010 and 2017, implementation of this planning included our construction of a Dining Hall addition and renovation that also created space to house the University’s nursing program, an Administrative Building addition to include classrooms and laboratories, multiple athletic fields, and a new dormitory. Our team also fully designed a 69,000 SF, 3,500 seat Chapel and Fine Arts building, which the University hopes to build in the coming years.

In 2017 we completed the George Blaurock Student Wellness Center. The nearly 80,000 SF facility encompasses a walking track, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a leisure swimming pool, two racquetball courts, three full basketball courts, an aerobics classroom, locker rooms, business offices, a restaurant, a student lounge, and a concession stand.

  • 80,000 SF Student Wellness Center
  • 36,000 SF Dormitory
  • 16,000 SF Administrative Building addition
  • 10,000+ SF Dining Hall addition/renovation

Welch College

When Welch College decided to move from their downtown Nashville location to a new campus in Gallatin, TN, Focus worked with the school’s leaders to design the master planning for the entire campus—including site planning, all utilities, roadways, sidewalks, and infrastructure. Afterward, Focus designed and constructed the infrastructure and five buildings of Phase 1, to include Men’s and Women’s Dormitories, Coffman Hall (an administrative building that houses the campus library, classrooms, and administrative and faculty offices), Celorio Hall (a fine arts auditorium and dining hall that also includes music classrooms, offices, and special event space), and a Student Wellness Center complete with full basketball court, locker rooms, weight and training rooms, a school store, and a café.

  • Constructed a total of 136,000 SF
  • Master planned entire campus
  • Responsible for all site work and infrastructure

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Focus has done a number of projects for Southeastern since our beginnings in 2010. Projects have included everything from simple renovations in Seminary-owned homes, to small projects on various campus buildings, to a full renovation of the Ledford Center (the student activity center) and of the Seminary’s student cafeteria, now known as Magnolia Kitchen. As the school has continued to grow at both the Seminary and College levels, Focus has enjoyed assisting with master planning discussions to help the school fully prepare for its future.

  • 15,642 SF Ledford Center and Magnolia Kitchen Renovation/Expansion
  • Multiple smaller renovations on various campus buildings


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