Wedgewood Academic Center

new wedgewood building

In August 2011, Belmont University announced plans for a new academic building to be located at 15th Avenue and Wedgewood.  During the opening convocation, Dr. Bob Fisher invited the entire Belmont community to participate in conversations about how this new space would serve Belmont’s mission and student learning.

Through collaboration with faculty, staff and the Student Government Association, ideas about the structure, function and use of the new building were collected throughout the fall term. The many conversations, as well as the thoughtful and creative proposals that were shared, have contributed to creating a design and framework for a new structure that will become central to the Belmont community. While the final plans for the building will continue to be developed over the course of the spring semester, we are pleased to share with you tentative plans that were presented to, and approved by, the Belmont University Board of Trustees on Jan. 24, 2012.

The new building will include:

    • Approximately 160,000 square-feet of space with a parking garage for approximately 430 cars 
    • Academic occupants will include the School of Religion and multiple departments/schools from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
    • No new programs are planned for inclusion in the building at this time.
    • Construction will begin this May with a scheduled opening of summer 2014
    • The building will include a dining option, bridge connections to Inman/McWhorter and a 250-seat chapel
    • A traffic signal will be installed at 15th and Wedgewood this summer, and roundabouts are planned for the 15th/Acklen intersection and between the garages (North Garage, Baskin Garage, New building garage) to ease traffic flow


Initial renderings for the building will include a tower reminiscent of the tower that topped Freeman in the 1900s before it was remodeled.

This Powerpoint presentation was presented to and approved by Belmont’s Board of Trustees in January of 2012. Conversations about the new building, its design and its occupants are ongoing.  

Comments, suggestions or feedback based on the information in the below Powerpoint presentation can be directed to Provost Dr. Thomas Burns