TLM leaves mark on the community with each project
By: Jackson Chamber on Dec 02, 2015
Randy McKinnon, president of TLM Associates Inc. Architects + Engineers, is a Jackson Chamber board member.
For months, area residents have watched the building progress on Union University’s new library with its huge dome, walls of windows and large columns. The finished library is another achievement designed by TLM Associates, Inc. Architects + Engineers on the Union campus.
In fact, TLM has been involved with the design of state-of-the-art buildings and features throughout the campus, including the design of new dorms after a tornado devastated Union’s campus in 2008.
Being able to quickly aid a neighbor is an example of TLM’s commitment to the Jackson community, said Randy McKinnon, president of TLM Associates Inc. “That was a really proud moment for us to be able step in and benefit Union’s students and the community.”
The engineers, architects and others on TLM’s 28-member staff see their work in new and renovated structures across the community. With an office in downtown Jackson, TLM has worked on an assortment of local civil, structural and architectural projects, including renovations to the New Southern Hotel and designs for Jackson Walk and the LIFT Wellness Center.
McKinnon, a licensed civil engineer, has been with TLM since 1998. He earned his degree in civil engineering from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville and worked for an environmental consultant in Knoxville for six years before he and his wife, Sherrye, returned to West Tennessee. They live on a 40-acre farm in Chester County.
“Jackson is one of the larger cities in the state, yet it seems small because of the close-knit feel when we are working on projects in the community,” said McKinnon. “TLM Associates has 50-year relationships with many of our clients.”
Close relationships with clients are important for TLM’s success, said McKinnon, adding that it is necessary for him to be intimately aware of the community’s ever-evolving needs, as well as business opportunities, to better serve his clients.
That’s one reason why he immediately became involved with the Jackson Chamber when he moved to Jackson. In large part, he said, economic and industrial activity and growth all over West Tennessee begins at the chamber.
McKinnon, a member of the Jackson Chamber board of directors, was involved with the Forward Jackson campaign process. Forward Jackson provides a connection with local government, as well as leaders in education, safety and business, he said. Through Forward Jackson, McKinnon has developed a deeper understanding of the direction in which the Jackson community is heading.
“Jackson is a community where people have really come together to work on a common goal to create a better city,” said McKinnon.
McKinnon has also served on the Jackson State Community College Foundation Board since 2010 and has actively helped fundraising efforts for student scholarships. Recently, TLM partnered with the Tennessee Board of Regents and Jackson State to create the college’s new nursing building.
“The Jackson State nursing program is successful, but was limited because of space,” said McKinnon. “This new building has remarkable features, such as fully simulated hospital rooms, state-of-the-art classrooms and an open study space. Jackson State can be really proud of the building because it will benefit the entire community.”
McKinnon sees the importance of the nursing program to the healthcare community throughout West Tennessee, industrial recruitment and economic development.”
Every project at TLM, though, is an investment in making the Jackson community a better place in which to live, he said. “I enjoy the diversity of the projects that we do and the satisfaction of knowing that we can give local businesses and local government what they need and what they want.”