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Belmont University Indoor Practice Facility

Belmont University President Dr. Bob Fisher announced Wednesday plans for construction of an indoor practice facility to benefit athletics.

The facility will serve as the primary training home for Belmont’s nationally-regarded men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball programs, and complement the existing game day environment at the Curb Event Center. Watch a video played during the press conference here: Hype Video.

“This is an exciting day for Belmont University and our student-athletes,” Fisher said. “The indoor practice facility project coincides with other transformational capital projects on campus, and speaks to our commitment to provide Belmont students with the facilities, tools and resources to thrive academically, athletically and spiritually. The facility will unite Belmont champions of the past, present and future.”

In addition to housing two full courts for basketball and volleyball, the two-story, 45-thousand square-foot facility will feature athletic training and strength and conditioning space, a video room with theatre-style seating, locker rooms, coaches’ offices, conference rooms, equipment rooms and team lounge areas.

“This indoor practice facility is a game-changer for Belmont University Athletics,” Belmont Director of Athletics Scott Corley said. “We thank Dr. Fisher and the Board of Trustees for their support, as this project builds on our championship tradition and positions us favorably in attracting student-athletes who want to be part of the next chapter of Belmont’s success story.”

The indoor practice facility will be located on Compton Avenue and will include a shared lobby with Belmont Tennis at the adjacent Belmont University South Garage.

The project is scheduled for completion in Fall 2021.

Belmont men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball have made 17 NCAA Tournament appearances combined.

Indoor Practice Facility Updates: 
See the March 26, 2020 Virtual Community Meeting at: CLICK HERE.

  • To schedule an appointment for VCE to conduct a pre-blast survey of your property within 1000 feet of site preparation (you should have already received a notification), please call 1-800-747-3844. VCE will survey exteriors only and will not enter buildings to ensure safety during the COVID19 pandemic.
  • Projected Blasting Times: will be 9:05 a.m., 11:05 a.m., and 1:05 p.m. 
  • Truck Route: Trucks will come down 15th, right down the alley between Belmont’s Facilities Management Services (FMS) building and the job site, and continuing west on the alley to a drive connecting the construction site and Delmar on the west side of the FMS building. They will take Delmar to Belmont Blvd and turn right going to Magnolia via 18th. Staging for trucks will be on the alley by the jobsite, not on Delmar.

Blasting Summary Data: Below is a summary of this past week’s Belmont Indoor Practice Facility Project blast monitoring results.

Blasting was concluded for the project this past week.  Last week there were 7 blasts on the project. These blasts were monitored at multiple locations surrounding the project site. The seismic and air concussion readings were evaluated and it was determined that the blasting was conducted in accordance with the State’s legal limits.  

The measured peak particle velocities for the project, this past week, were evaluated and it was determined that the average peak particle velocity measured at the site last week was 0.31 in/sec which is 15.5 percent of the legal limit.

The air concussion or air blast levels measured for the project last week, were evaluated and it was determined that the average air concussion or air blast levels measured at the site last week were 120 dB which is 10.13 percent of the legal limit.

Belmont University Performing Arts Center

1,700-seat multi-purpose facility to be the ‘finest music performance hall on any college campus in the world’

Performing Arts CenterCommitted to providing students with access to stages that rival some of the world’s finest, Belmont University announced today a state-of-the-art performing arts center on Belmont Boulevard. The Belmont University Performing Arts Center will house a 1,700-seat multi-purpose theatre, a grand lobby and two contiguous event spaces that can hold more than 900 guests when combined with the lobby. The venue, which will be located between Bernard and Compton Avenue on Belmont Boulevard, is slated to open fall 2021.

Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “Our goal is to build the finest music performance hall on any college campus in the world, and I couldn’t be more pleased. I have dreamed of the creation of this facility since I first came to Belmont in 2000. Along with the Massey Performing Arts Center, Troutt Theater & McAfee Concert Hall, the addition of this venue completes our campus’s performance facilities, creating the most extensive suite of venues of any other institution of higher education.” Board Chairman Marty Dickens said, “Our students are just the best, and they deserve the very best.”

Outfitted for both acoustic and amplified sound, the Center’s Performance Hall, referred to as an instrument of its own kind, will adapt to the performances it hosts. Classical concerts, operas, musical theatre performances, dance recitals, commercial showcases and more will be held in the Center’s Performance Hall to accommodate the diverse musical interests and talents of Belmont students. The facility will include a full fly space, wing space, orchestra pit, two forestage lifts, a trap room under the stage and television broadcast capabilities.

In addition to its on-stage features, the facility will have a warm-up room for dance or choral use, various sized dressing rooms, a green room, a scene dock, a loading dock and a green roof to assist with water quality filtration, among other sustainable components as the project will pursue LEED certification.

Belmont Provost Dr. Thomas Burns said, “As we prepare the next generation of musical greats, we must ensure that our students are exposed to some of the world’s best venues. With the creation of this impressive complex, our students will have access to one of the finest. This new performing arts center will serve as an extraordinary training ground, both onstage and backstage, for students in our Colleges of Visual & Performing Arts and Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business.”

Nashville-based R.C. Mathews is the contractor, and ESa is the architect for the project.

More details on this project will be added here as they are confirmed. 

Performing Arts Center Construction Updates: 
Construction is underway for Belmont’s Performing Arts Center, slated to open in Fall 2021. An updated project timeline is below, though timelines are subject to change based on weather or other factors outside of the contractor's control:

  • Early May 2019: Completion of new segment of Bernard Avenue between Curb Event Center Garage and Compton Avenue.
  • As of June 5: Blasting has concluded for the summer with only minor blasting scheduled for this fall to complete the site work.
  • Mid-September – Mid-October 2019: Blasting the northwest corner of the construction site at current location of the International Market.
  • Fall 2021: Project complete

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Belmont University South Garage

slider-South-Garage-1600.jpgBelmont University announced plans for a new garage to provide additional convenient parking on the south side of campus for Belmont’s students, employees and visitors. The new garage, which will offer 830 parking spaces and feature six NCAA Division I regulation tennis courts on the roof, will be located behind Belmont’s Troutt Theater and McAfee Concert Hall and across Compton Avenue from the planned Performing Arts Center. A surface parking lot is currently located on the site of the planned garage.

Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “Beyond having beautiful, state-of-the-art facilities for academic and residential life, Belmont also seeks to provide ample on campus parking for our students, employees and visitors. This new garage will serve our campus and the broader community well, providing easy access to rehearsal, classroom and practice space in our theaters, concert hall and performing arts center. Plus, the building will serve double duty by bringing the Bruins’ tennis teams back home and allowing all of our students new opportunities for recreational play. 

Belmont’s tennis teams have rented the courts at Centennial Sportsplex for practices and matches for the past several years. Sportsplex is also the current home of the Ohio Valley Conference Tennis Championships. Upon the garage’s completion in January 2021, Belmont’s men’s and women’s tennis teams will be able to move back on campus, and the garage facility will also include space for team locker rooms and coaches offices. The tennis courts will be available for play by members of the campus community when not in use by the Belmont tennis teams. 

Athletics Director Scott Corley added, “Bringing tennis courts back to campus is exciting news for our campus and tennis programs. The on-campus courts will be a tremendous benefit in recruiting and player development. It will also provide an opportunity for more faculty, staff and students to watch our players compete. I would like to thank Dr. Fisher and senior leadership for making this happen.”

The garage is being designed by ESa with construction by R.C. Mathews.

South Garage Construction Updates: 
Construction will soon begin for Belmont’s South Garage, slated to open in January 2021. An updated project timeline is below, though timelines are subject to change based on weather or other factors outside of the contractor's control:

  • As of June 5: Excavation has begun and will continue at least three months. Possible blast times are 9:05 a.m., 11:05 a.m., and 1:05 p.m, Monday through Friday.
  • October 1, 2020:  Garage Available for Parking
  • January 1, 2021:  Project Completion