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West End Neighborhood E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

February 2020

Blasting and Line Drilling Notice

  • Line drilling in the West End Neighborhood is underway and will last about three months – through April.  The drilling will occur daily from 9 am to 5 pm. The construction team is working to control dust by using a bagging system. Although it will not eliminate dust, it is the best option to limit the amount of dust in the area.
  • Blasting times will be at 9 am, 11 am and 1 pm Monday thru Friday, and if needed at 9 am and 11 am on Saturdays.  If the blasting must be pushed back for any reason Monday thru Friday, it will take place at 3 pm.
  • Blasting will take place every day, weather permitting, for approximately 4 months.
  • A series of horn blasts – four to five horn blasts – will precede each blasting period. The timing protocols for the blastings are as follows:

Five minutes prior to blast — construction personnel will move to their designated perimeter posts.

Three minutes prior to blast — construction personnel will block all pedestrian traffic (campus and along West End Avenue).

One minute prior to blast —construction personnel will block all vehicle traffic along West End Avenue.

After blast— All clear (long single horn blast) will be sounded after each blast. Pedestrian and vehicle traffic will return to normal operations.

Activity Update

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  • Progress continues for the Nicholas S. Zeppos College as the drywall is being installed throughout.
  • Construction hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Hours may vary based on inclement weather and communications will be released accordingly.
  • The West End Tower is constructed to the 19th floor.
  • The DKE house is nearly complete.

Upcoming Events & Feedback

  • Submit feedback: The Campus Planning & Construction department launched a construction feedback form. The form is a simple way to share feedback if you believe noise or construction activities are happening outside of the working hours put in place or if you believe there is a non-emergency issue. The hotline email Constr_alerts@Vanderbilt.edu and phone line (615) 343-9675 are also available.

  • The Facilities Department is hosting a series of town hall meetings during the 2019–20 academic year. These meetings are an opportunity for the Vanderbilt community to voice their concerns, ask questions and learn about more about the West End Neighborhood project. The next town hall meeting is on Thursday, March 12, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Carmichael Towers East lounge.
  • The next newsletter will provide move-out details.
  • Spring Break construction hours will be 6 am to 6 pm daily, except for Sunday.
  • Follow @FacilitiesVU on Instagram and Twitter for up-to-date traffic routes, utility outages and information on the West End Neighborhood project. 
  • For parking questions, please contact VUPS Parking Services at (615) 322-2554.


Upcoming Milestones

Milestones are subject to change and updated monthly. Past milestones can be found in previous issues of the West End Neighborhood newsletter. 

Winter 2019/20

  • Tower 4 demo continues.
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon completed in February 2020.

March 2020

  • Transit Loop is completed.
  • Lambda Chi Alpha and Kappa Sigma houses planned for completion.

April 2020

  • Community Event Building planned for completion.

2020- 2023

  • July 2020: Complete the Nicholas S. Zeppos College.
  • July 2022: Complete Residential College B (RC-B).
  • July 2023: Complete Residential College C (RC-C).


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