Academic Affairs Capital Projects
A capital project is defined as a project that helps create or maintain an asset or infrastructure. More specifically, it refers to new construction, an expansion or a renovation for new or existing facilities on campus.
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Most Academic Affairs capital projects originate in the schools and colleges with the exception of student housing and campus-wide strategic projects. All projects are aligned with the mission of the university, the goals of the Academic Strategic Plan and the objectives of FutureVU, the campus land use plan.
At Vanderbilt, the Schools and Colleges are required to seek approval from the Office of the Provost for new construction, expansions or renovations greater than or equal to $500,000. The Provost will seek approval from the Chancellor for projects greater than or equal to $1 million, and the Chancellor will seek approval from the Board of Trust for projects greater than or equal to $2 million.
Capital Projects Currently Underway
West End Neighborhood and Residential Colleges
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 atmosphere in the neighborhood. Consistent with the Academic Strategic Plan’s aim to enhance the undergraduate residential experience, three new residential colleges will be constructed along West End Avenue, between 23rd and 25th Avenues. The goal is to beautify, enhance and make more inclusive and accessible the West End neighborhood. Read more.
Residential College A will feature 337 beds in an impressive 242,400 square foot, collegiate gothic style structure situated on Vanderbilt University’s southwestern most corner at 25th and West End Avenues. A key element of this college will be the iconic tower that will more visibly signal Vanderbilt’s position as an anchor of this vibrant part of Nashville’s cityscape and serve as a key landmark in the larger community.
Vanderbilt broke ground Sept. 5, 2018 on the first phase of a $41.5 million multi-building construction and renovation plan at Peabody College. The historic Home Economics Building and Frank W. Mayborn Building—each more than 100 years old—are being renovated, and a new 15,000-square-foot building will be constructed to connect them. When completed in January 2020, the Home Economics-Mayborn complex will reflect higher sustainability standards and reduced energy usage through new flexible, active learning spaces, advanced technology for modernized instruction, a digital observation space for teacher training, flexible research space, a café and administrative offices. Read more.
1101 19th Avenue building
Renovations are underway at 1101 19th Avenue building which will feature a a digital commons, a faculty commons and will be the administrative home for the Faculty Senate. As part of the digital commons, the Center for Digital Humanities will relocate to the building. The plans are also in development for the digital commons to include a video studio and digital project support services. Learn more about the project by reading coverage from the Spring 2019 town hall.
Academic Affairs Capital Planning Studies
Trans-Institutional Capital Planning Studies
During the 2018/19 academic year, Vanderbilt University embarked on discovery and planning processes to chart the institution’s future course for capital planning through two specific planning studies – one focused on the sciences and engineering and another on the historic core of campus. The studies, which were led by outside consultants and engaged administrative leaders, faculty, staff and students were guided by the Academic Strategic Plan and FutureVU. Both studies were guided by common principles which include promoting faculty recruitment and retention and providing state-of-the-art facilities, leveraging our trans-institutional strengths and providing flexibility and connectivity over 5, 10 and 20 years.
A town hall updating the Vanderbilt community was held in the Spring of 2019 and a recording can be found here along with a copy of the slides. The findings from both studies are being integrated into a formal plan to be developed during AY19/20.
Central Neighborhood Study
The Central Neighborhood encompasses the area that includes Branscomb Quadrangle, the Student Life Center, the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center, the Engineering and Science Building and the Central Power Plant. The neighborhood is a crossroads where different segments of campus come together, but the area has the potential to be so much more. The study will take into account existing studies and projects and help the university further leverage this part of campus to create destinations for learning and for accessing resources and where students, faculty and staff can come together to collaborate. The study is being led by Hastings Architects and Hawkins Partners and supported by an executive committee of administrative leaders, a faculty and student advisory committee, and staff working groups. Together, scenarios and options for the future will be developed. Opportunities for broader campus engagement will take place throughout the academic year.
Owen Master Plan
The Owen Graduate School of Management has conducted a feasibility study for future addition and expansion and is currently assessing the timing of such efforts.