About the Knox County and Knoxville, Tennessee

Public Building Authority

Knox County and Knoxville, Tennessee

The PBA

The Public Building Authority of the County of Knox and the City of Knoxville (PBA) performs three distinct functions for both the City and County: management of construction projects; management of facilities and grounds; and, management of telephone systems. In the case of telephone system management, PBA also manages the phone system for the Knox County School District.

PBA acts as a consolidated department of the City and County within its operating responsibilities. This saves the City and County tax payers money, in that the City and County no longer need to have the expertise in the three functional areas PBA manages but share the costs of that expertise via PBA.

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Executive Team

Jayne Burritt, CFM

Jayne Burritt, CFM

Administrator/CEO
Kristin Lee Grove

Kristin Lee Grove

Director of Property Development
Robyn K. Smith, CPA

Robyn K. Smith, CPA

Director of Finance
David Lively

David Lively

Director of Property Management

Board of Directors

9/13/2017
City Appointed

George T. Prosser

Chair/Public Building Authority
9/13/2017
County Appointed

Lewis Cosby

Treasurer/Public Building Authority
9/13/2021
City Appointed

Keena Strickland

Secretary/Public Building Authority
9/13/2021
City Appointed

Jennifer Holder

Board Member
9/13/2021
County Appointed

Chuck Severance

Board Member
9/13/2017
City Appointed

John Sibley

Board Member
9/13/2019
County Appointed

Billy Stokes

Board Member
9/13/2019
City Appointed

Winston Frazier

Board Member
9/13/2019
County Appointed

Scott Davis

Vice Chair/Public Building Authority
9/13/2017
County Appointed

Hubert Smith

At Large/Public Building Authority
9/13/2021
County Appointed

Heather Anderson

Board Member

Knoxville Public Building Authority

PBA is governed by an eleven-member board of directors, with six of the directors appointed by Knox County and five appointed by the City of Knoxville. Each director serves a term of six years. The board hires the Administrator/Chief Executive Officer of PBA, and the Administrator/CEO is responsible for hiring all other employees. PBA currently has 122 employees, the majority of which are maintenance and security personnel. The current Administrator/CEO of the PBA is Jayne Burritt.

PBA was initially incorporated in 1971, subject to enabling legislation contained in Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 12-10-109 and is a public, non-profit corporation. PBA is authorized by TCA to work for any municipal corporation within the State of Tennessee.

PBA’s budgets are a result of negotiations with the City and County regarding the scope and levels of service desired for each facility/activity being constructed or managed. Any funds budgeted but not required are refunded to each client at the end of the fiscal year.

Property Development

Since 2000, PBA has managed and completed approximately $500 million in construction projects for Knoxville and Knox County, all having been completed on time and within budget. PBA almost always uses the Construction Manager at Risk (CM-R) construction delivery method for its projects. Architects and construction managers used by PBA are all selected by an open, competitive RFP and evaluation committee process. All project subcontracts are awarded by competitive bids issued by the CM-R and overseen by PBA project managers.

PBA’s single largest project was the City of Knoxville’s Convention Center and World’s Fair Park project, completed in 2003. Examples of other projects include the East Tennessee Historical Center expansion and renovation, Regal Riviera Cinema, Hardin Valley Academy High School, Powell Middle School renovation, Knoxville Station Transit Center, Public Works Complex, numerous fire stations as well as a number of senior centers and branch libraries constructed for Knox County.


Facilities Management

PBA manages over 1.5 million square feet of buildings for the City and County. PBA originally developed and owns the City County Building, which is approximately 500,000 square feet in size. PBA manages the majority of maintenance activities and security with in-house personnel. Other functions such as janitorial and parking attendant services are out sourced. All contractors/vendors of PBA are competitively selected by RFPs or bids.


City Facilities

  • Locust Street, Main Avenue, Market Square, State Street and Promenade Parking Garages
  • Jackson Avenue Parking Lot
  • Worlds’ Fair Park (including Sunsphere & parking lots) , Second Creek Greenway and Volunteer Landing
  • Regal Riviera Cinema (maintenance responsibilities only; co-owned by City and City Industrial Development Board)
  • Knoxville Police Department Safety Building (access control only)
  • Knoxville Station Transit Center

County Facilities

  • Andrew Johnson Building
  • Old Knox County Courthouse
  • Dwight Kessel Garage
  • Health Department
  • Juvenile Justice Center
  • Knox Central
  • Senior Centers
  • John Tarleton Homes
  • Family Investment Center
  • State Street Parking Lot
  • Fairview Technology Center

Telecommunications

PBA currently manages 29 separate telephone systems with approximately 6,000 extensions for the City and County and 4,000 extensions for Knox County Schools. Additionally, they manage the carriers (AT&T, Windstream, TDS, Frontier, ENA and Comcast) that support those systems.

PBA in Knoxville & Knox County

In 1971, Knox County and the City of Knoxville acted jointly to create the Public Building Authority of the County of Knox and the City of Knoxville, Tennessee (the "PBA"). The Certificate of Incorporation of the PBA was filed with the Secretary of State of Tennessee on July 20, 1971. Over the years, the Public Building Authority has carried out joint and individual projects for Knox County and the City of Knoxville and affiliated entities such as the Knox County Board of Education and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority. PBA currently develops, constructs, owns, and/or maintains certain facilities on behalf of the City Knoxville and Knox County pursuant to operating contracts with those entities.

Following is a list of responsibilities carried out by the PBA:

  • Construction, management, operation and lease of various public facilities owned by the PBA.
  • Construction, management and operation of facilities owned by Knox County and the City of Knoxville.
  • Specification, acquisition, maintenance, operation and supervision of the telephone and telecommunication infrastructure owned by Knox County and/or the City of Knoxville.
  • Provision of telecommunications consultation and advice for/to Knox County and/or the City of Knoxville.

PBA's involvement in a project can be structured in one of four ways:

  1. PBA can own and oversee construction of a project.
  2. The municipality can own the project, and PBA can construct the project pursuant to an operating agreement. Construction and professional contracts are then in PBA's name.
  3. The municipality can own the project, and PBA can oversee construction as agent for the municipality. The construction and professional contracts are then in the municipality's name.
  4. PBA may act as a consultant, advisor and/or subject matter expert in completing studies, project plans and similar activities.