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BELMONT UNIVERSITY DINING & ACADEMIC COMPLEX
The former tennis courts on the west side of 15th Ave. S have been replaced with an $80-million, four-story building sitting on top of a 1,020-space underground parking garage. When completed, the 134,000-square-foot building will house the Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, media studies programs and the University’s new motion pictures major. Additionally, the facility will include a 1,200-square-foot cafeteria that triples the size of the current cafeteria and 40,000 square feet of classrooms and faculty offices. The complex is expected to open in summer 2015.
Classrooms and faculty/staff offices will comprise approximately 70 percent of the building. Academic program-centered features include 30 student edit bays, multiple computer labs, a motion capture facility, a number of production and sound studios, a 2,500 square foot sound stage and a scene shop. In addition, two state-of-the art screening theaters will also boast audio mixing technology.
Belmont is seeking LEED certification for the new facility, which will utilize a geothermal HVAC system and a partial green roof. The geothermal system is projected to yield the University an estimated 40 percent in cost savings over a standard heating and cooling system.
For more information on the dining and academic complex, click here.
WHEELER HUMANITIES BUILDING
The Wheeler Humanities building will be removed after graduation ceremonies. The age and condition of the building made it unreasonable and cost-prohibitive to renovate, and its absence will allow for more green space to the central Quad. Demolition on the building is expected to last until late June or July and will not involve blasting. Fencing for the demolition will begin May 11 and is anticipated to remain in place until mid-late July. A significant portion of the Quad will be fenced off to ensure safety throughout the demo and haul away phases of this project.
The Wheeler building, which was built in 1974, has been vacant since Fall 2014. The programs housed in Wheeler (education, humanities, social sciences and writing center, among others) are now operating in the Wedgewood building, which also houses BU’s math, science and religion programs.
JACK C. MASSEY BUSINESS CENTER
Renovations to the Massey Business Center will begin immediately following graduation and will continue until the first of the year. Specifics of the project include the following:
• The first floor lobby, second floor atrium, the alley from Patton Hall to the Rose Garden and the parking spaces in front of MBC on Wedgewood will all be unavailable beginning May 11. These areas will not reopen until January 2016.
• Jack Massey classrooms, offices and event spaces are anticipated to re-open for the fall semester. However, the first floor lobby and second floor atrium will remain closed until January 2016. Access to Barbara Massey from Jack Massey this fall can occur via connecting hallways on the third and fourth floors.
• The pedestrian bridge that connects Inman to MBC will close after graduation and remain closed throughout the summer.
• The basement studios and Copy Center/University Marketing offices are not part of the planned renovation and should incur minimal impact. These spaces can be accessed via the alley beneath the Inman/MBC pedestrian bridge. Though there will be frequent construction congestion, the alley will be made accessible to pedestrian traffic as well as to delivery vehicles.
• Pedestrian traffic from that side of campus (MBC, Inman/McWhorter and Wedgewood Academic Center) will need to go outside (either around Patton or via the Wedgewood sidewalk) in order to access to Barbara Massey, Freeman and Fidelity.