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Project Under Construction

The Campus Planning and Construction department manages all university Capital Projects and small renovations. All of these projects are an intricate part of the university’s FutureVU initiative and improving the campus.

Rothschild College

Rothschild College is the second residential college to be built in the West End Neighborhood along West End Avenue. The Collegiate Gothic-style design will be approximately 205,00-square-feet with over 330 beds and a variety of learning spaces and special features.  In order to make room along West End Avenue for Residential College B, Carmichael Towers 1 and 2 were demolished. Residential College B is set to be complete to welcome students in Fall 2022.

Rendering of RC-B

Residential College C

Residential College C is the third residential college to be built in the West End Neighborhood and will be nestled next to Residential College B and where Carmichael Towers 3 and 4 now stand. Set to be completed in Fall 2023, Residential College C will be approximately 175,000-square-feet and will house just under 300 students. Similar to Zeppos College and Residential College B, RC-C will have special features and collaboration spaces for the Vanderbilt community.

Rendering of RC-C

Owen Graduate School Renovation and Addition

The renovation and expansion of Management Hall includes a total of 48,000-square-feet, extending the size of Management Hall by 50 percent to better accommodate the wider Vanderbilt and Nashville business communities. The project will include a new entrance facing 21st Avenue to make the university’s campus more accessible to the Vanderbilt community and the surrounding Nashville community.  In addition to the new entrance on the first floor, a new cafe, flexible active learning classroom, collaboration spaces for students and a multipurpose room that will be able to fit OGSM’s entire MBA student body are part of the design. A building addition will allow for larger classrooms on the second floor and office spaces on the third floor.  Another part of the project is adding a fourth floor to the existing OGSM building which will feature an outside deck, an event space, and two classrooms.

Learn more on the FutureVU OGSM website.

Graduate and Professional Student Housing

Construction began on Vanderbilt University’s housing development for graduate and professional students in Spring 2021. Adjacent to campus on Broadway, between Lyle and 20th avenues, the development is the culmination of student feedback and the university’s desire to provide graduate and professional students housing near campus at below-market rates. Construction, originally scheduled to begin in summer 2020, was delayed due to COVID-19. The building is expected to house students for the 2023–24 academic year. The project will feature approximately 615 beds, offering a mix of unit types, a public courtyard, a fitness center, and a collaborative workspace open to all graduate and professional students. The ground floor of the building also will include retail space open to residents and the surrounding community. Vanderbilt teamed with Brailsford & Dunlavey, a national development advisory firm and leader in managing higher education public-private partnerships, to define a program tailored specifically to Vanderbilt graduate and professional students. The university will move forward with Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions, a leading developer and operator of infrastructure projects for the college and university market, and Axium Infrastructure, an independent portfolio management firm dedicated to generating long-term investment returns through investing in core infrastructure assets. Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions and Axium Infrastructure have secured financing for the project, which they will develop, operate and maintain as a public-private partnership (P3) with the university.

University Residence

Vanderbilt is dedicated to creating a campus that is as interconnected, immersive, and accessible as possible. To reinforce these values, and to celebrate the university as an engaging living-learning community a new university residence that will be centrally located on Vanderbilt’s campus. In addition to aligning with Vanderbilt’s Academic Strategic Plan and FutureVU, the new residence will uphold our goals in residential education, sustainability, and transportation. It will also reflect our university’s rich history, as Vanderbilt chancellors traditionally lived on campus prior to the acquisition of Braeburn, our current university residence, in 1964.

Learn more on the FutureVU University Residence website.

Kirkland Hall

Kirkland Hall, which is central to Vanderbilt’s history and widely recognized as the university’s signature building, will undergo a significant renovation that is reflective of the institution’s purpose and commitment to excellence. Kirkland Hall, which opened in 1875, initially housed all of Vanderbilt’s classrooms and laboratories. It was rebuilt in 1906 after a devastating fire, and the iconic building with a 170-foot clock tower has remained a hub of campus and administrative life. Originally called “Main Building,” it was renamed in honor of Vanderbilt’s second chancellor, James Hampton Kirkland, and his wife, Mary Henderson Kirkland, in 1937. Kirkland’s last major renovation took place in 1988, when the current HVAC and electrical systems were installed. The Vanderbilt Board of Trust Executive Committee reviewed and approved the renovation plans at its June meeting. Among other planned improvements:

  • Modifying the trench drain line at the loading dock to avert flooding of the first floor  during heavy rains
  • Restoring the building roof and tile coping
  • Upgrading stair towers to enhance safety and vertical circulation through the building
  • Redesigning bathrooms to be gender neutral.

The renovation is scheduled to begin this winter, with all Kirkland-based employees working elsewhere for the duration of the project. The project’s completion date goal is spring 2023.

Learn more on the FutureVU Kirkland Hall website.