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Peabody Neighborhood Newsletter E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

October 2019

Construction in the Peabody Neighborhood will reach a milestone when the final steel beam is placed in the Connector Building between Home Economics and Mayborn buildings this fall.  Even though some elements of the projects are near completion and construction crews will soon be pulling out of certain areas of Memorial Lawn, it is important to remember that the neighborhood is still an active construction zone. To stay safe, observe the following:

  • Use alternative walkways that are allocated for pedestrian safety.  These will help keep you safe in active construction zones.
  • Do not tamper with, climb or lean on the fences — these were put in place for your protection.
  • Use the VandySafe app to learn the safest routes through campus.
  • Report dangerous hazards and anything suspicious to VUPS by calling (615) 322-2745.  For emergencies, call 911 or (615) 421-1911.
  • Use the Construction Feedback Form to communicate non-emergency situations or if you believe construction is happening outside of the designated times.

Topping Out Celebration

The Topping Out of the new Connector Building between the Home Economics and Mayborn Buildings will occur October 10. The Peabody College community along with the Messer Construction crew will observe a brief ceremony in honor of the placement of the last structural beam at 10:00 a.m.

The purpose of a Topping Out Ceremony is to shine light on the placement of the last structural beam.  Before installation, the crew will place an evergreen tree and an American flag on the beam in a tradition that dates back as early as 700 A.D.  The tree is believed to offer symbolic protection to the construction crew and future occupants of the building. The tree used in the ceremony will be replanted at a later date.

Construction & Mobility Updates

Peabody Neighborhood Site Logistics Plan

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  • The eastbound lane of Edgehill Avenue will be closed Oct. 4-5. The work will occur from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.  Two-way traffic will remain open with the assistance of traffic officers who will be placed at each end of Edgehill Avenue and on 19th Avenue.  Sidewalks will remain open to pedestrians.
  • Starting Oct. 7 the sidewalks in front of the Jesup Building, and between the Gillette and Cohen buildings will be closed. Pedestrians requiring a wheelchair assistance from East, Memorial, Crawford, Stambaugh, Sutherland, Murray and Hank Ingram buildings must use the ramp located in the lower quad in order to access the esplanade between Gillette and Hobbs buildings. (Please see map above for accessibility routes)
  • The university, in coordination with Messer Construction, established a live update site that features a weekly schedule of construction activity and a regularly updated map of the Peabody Neighborhood with construction and fencing noted. The link can also be found on the Peabody Neighborhood webpage, a hub of information for community members on all of the efforts at Peabody.
  • If you believe noise or construction activities are taking place outside of established working hours, or if you believe there is a non-emergency issue please, use the Construction Feedback Form, the hotline email Constr_alerts@Vanderbilt.edu or call (615)-343-9675.


The first phase of the Peabody neighborhood efforts includes the renovation of the Home Economics and Mayborn buildings.

Milestones are subject to change and will be updated monthly. Past milestones can be found in previous issues of the Peabody neighborhood newsletter. 

Fall 2019

  • Last structural steel beam for Connector Building between Home Economics and Mayborn buildings to be installed in October.
  • Installation of hot water piping to Jesup, Gillette, Memorial, East and Mayborn buildings.
  • Exterior walls on connector building to be framed in November.

Spring 2020

  • Appleton beautification complete.
  • Home Economics and Mayborn to be completed by May 2020.

Fall 2020

  • Steam to hot water building conversion complete.


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