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Status Reports

Semester Update - Spring 2018

Semester Update - Fall 2017

FutureVU Expo - April 2017

Status Update - Fall 2016

Status Update - Summer 2016

Status Update - Spring 2016

Chancellor's Town Hall - December 2015 

Kickoff Symposium - November 2015


To learn more about our continued collaboration with Vanderbilt Student Government, please visit the VSG page.


Current Projects and Studies

Vanderbilt continues to embark on discovery and planning processes to chart the institution's future course for capital planning, guided by the Academic Strategic Plan. To learn more about this discovery, please visit the Academic Affairs Capital Projects website.  

  • Click here to read more about the Sciences and Engineering Trans-Institutional Capital Planning.
  • Click here to read more about the Humanities and A&S Trans-Institutional Capital Planning.
  • Click here to read more about other strategic planning efforts including Peabody Master Planning, Owen Master Planning, 19th Avenue building, and other capital projects underway.

Once these planning processes move from discovery and into the design phase, we will update the progress page of the FutureVU site accordingly, adding a link to read more about approved building projects. 

In addition, current studies related to FutureVU themes are listed on this page.  Additional studies will be added as they come into fruition.  Updates will be made regularly throughout the academic year.  Advisory committees and working groups are listed on the various project and study pages.



FutureVU presents the opportunity for the university to clearly contextualize inclusion through several efforts. Through careful space design the university may develop and promote welcoming environments for community members to share differences. As a part of these efforts, Vanderbilt Facilities has established an Advisory Accessibility Task Force.

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Vanderbilt is launching a series of “pop up” projects aimed at activating outdoor spaces around campus. Projects will transform underutilized spaces with the goal to green and beautify campus spaces for the enjoyment of all, promote a sustainable and walkable campus, encourage community building and social interaction and celebrate creativity and artistic expression.

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Issues of mobility are paramount to FutureVU efforts. In close alignment with the FutureVU Guiding Principles, FutureVU calls for diversification of transportation options, prioritization of pedestrian and bicycle mobility, and improvement of accessibility.

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Vanderbilt is moving forward with dockless bike share and scooter options in alignment with the City of Nashville’s plans. Companies operating in Nashville will have the ability to operate on campus as a part of these efforts. Dockless programs support cross-campus travel and mobility efforts underway.

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FutureVU provides an initial set of recommendations including, but not limited to, the topics of site and landscape, stormwater management, water conservation, energy, building guidelines, alternative transportation, etc. Vanderbilt is launching two comprehensive operational studies to further expand on the recommendations and aid in the development of solutions that may result in a significant reduction in the university's environmental impact.  

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The re-imagination of the West End neighborhood, which currently houses Carmichael Towers, Greek Row and West Side Row, is a component of FutureVU with the goals of enhancing the neighborhood, giving it a more park-like feel , as well as creating a positive community feel in the neighborhood. Once efforts are completed, the neighborhood will feature three new undergraduate residential colleges and a beautified, green and pedestrian-friendly environment that is welcoming to all. 

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FutureVU calls for the prioritization of the campus core for pedestrian circulation and open space. While vehicular access for service, emergency and accessibility reasons must be maintained, a core goal is to minimize the impact upon pedestrian circulation and campus aesthetics as viewed from the campus edge. One such area of focus is the 21st Avenue edge. An expansion at the Nursing School and expansion at the Divinity School are underway, with further enhancements on the 21st edge to follow.

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FutureVU calls for connections from Peabody to the main campus to be strengthened, as well as improved accessibility on the historic site. Enhancements will be explored as a part of the master planning process underway for the neighborhood. Phase one of the current work underway includes the renovations of the Home Economics and Mayborn buildings. When completed, the complex will reflect higher sustainability standards, reduced energy usage, and improved accessibility.

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Improving the experience of our graduate and professional students and the support provided to them is a cross-cutting theme of the Academic Strategic Plan. The need for graduate and professional student housing, ideally in close vicinity to the Vanderbilt campus, has been a constant theme of discussions as a part of these efforts. The university continues to explore developing housing options for graduate and professional students that extend learning and collaboration beyond the classroom and laboratory.

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