Monday’s Pellissippi State Scholarship of the Week is the Community Tectonics Scholarship. The scholarship was established in September of 1991 and provides a $350 scholarship each year to a Pellissippi State student. To be eligible for the Community Tectonics Scholarship, a student must be full-time, have a 2.5 GPA or better and have verifiable financial need. The student must also have a written recommendation for the scholarship from their high school guidance counselor or college faculty advisor, teacher, or other recognized professional such as their employer. Since it’s inception, 29 students have received the Community Tectonics Scholarship.
The origin of Community Tectonics Architects dates back to 1950 when the late Mr. Hubert Bebb relocated his successful Chicago-based practice to the East Tennessee area. Operating in Gatlinburg, TN under the name of Bebb & Olsen Architects and Engineers, Hubert was commissioned by the National Park Service to design one of its earliest significant projects: the observation tower atop Clingman’s Dome, the highest mountain in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Completed in 1959, this 54-foot tower offers views of over 100 miles and into seven states.
The company changed its name to Community Tectonics in 1966. Current firm owners, Don Shell and Bill Vinson, graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of Tennessee and became intern architects with the firm. Mr. Donald P. Shell, CEO, began his professional career in the Gatlinburg office of Community Tectonics in 1970. During his forty-seven year tenure with the firm, he has the unique distinction of having served in a leadership role in all six CTA offices: Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Morristown, Newport, Nashville, and Knoxville. He has served as the firm’s President and/or CEO since 1989. Mr. William C. Vinson III, President, began his professional career in the Knoxville office of Community Tectonics in 1973. In his forty-four year tenure with the firm, he has served as Office Director for three CTA offices: Newport, Morristown, and Knoxville and has been an officer of the corporation since 1980.
In the 1980’s, Community Tectonics expanded its branch office locations to include: Knoxville, Gatlinburg, Morristown and Newport and purchased a local Knoxville firm: Guthery & Hart, previous known as Galloway & Guthery. The firm actively participated in several projects at the Knoxville World’s Fair including the well known theme structure: The Sunsphere.
Community Tectonics has continued its success throughout its rich history and celebrated its 50th year of incorporation in 2016. As they continue into the future, Community Tectonics will also continue to expand its experience and expertise in numerous project types and project complexities that allow the firm to meet the needs of the most demanding clients in our region.
We thank Community Tectonics for their generous support of our Pellissippi State students through their Community Tectonics Scholarship!