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Academic Affairs Capital Projects

A capital project is defined as a project that helps maintain an asset or infrastructure. More specifically, it refers to new construction, an expansion or a renovation for new or existing facilities on campus.

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. 

Step-by-step instructions for initiating and managing a capital project can be found here (VUnet ID required).

Capital Projects Underway

Residential College AWest End Neighborhood and Residential College A
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 accessibleKensington 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 an 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.

E Bronson Ingram Hall

E. Bronson Ingram Hall
The university's next residential college will be located on the former site of the Vanderbilt and Barnard halls and will provide housing for 340 sophomores, juniors and seniors. It will include apartments for a faculty member and a residential area coordinator, a large dining space, a new kitchen and additional space for academic and programming needs.Three Ingram family members made gifts totaling $20 million to name Vanderbilt's newest college hall in honor of their late father, E. Bronson Ingram, who served the Board of Trust for nearly three decades and led the board from 1991 to 1995. The "Bronson" is slated to open in fall 2018. Read more. 

Divinity School expansion

Divinity School
The Vanderbilt Divinity School broke ground on an $11.5 million renovation and 13,641-square-foot addition May 5, 2017. Highlights of the new space include an easily accessible and distinguishable main entrance; a multipurpose space for worship, meetings and musical events; new classrooms equipped with smart technology; an outdoor terrace for solitary reflection, small group gatherings and larger events; and additional spaces for group meetings. Read more. 


School of Nursing groundbreaking

School of Nursing
Students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing gathered June 20, 2017 for a groundbreaking ceremony officially starting construction on the nursing school’s new $26.3 million expansion. The five-floor structure will house technologically advanced classrooms, conference and seminar rooms, student services offices, faculty offices and a state-of-the-art simulation teaching lab that will allow complex skills development and real-time feedback on students’ clinical nursing skills. Read more.  


Eskind Biomedical Library


Eskind Biomedical Library
A yearlong interior renovation of the Annette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library at Vanderbilt began August 1, 2017 to support the next generation of physicians and scientists while meeting the diverse needs of current students, faculty, patients and other stakeholders. The building will be renamed the Annette and Irwin Eskind Family Biomedical Library and Learning Center when it reopens, which is expected in August 2018. Read more. 


Other Projects Underway

  • School of Medicine - Basic Sciences: Laboratory and department renovations in Medical Center North and Light Hall.
  • Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (ViSE): Space renovation in Medical Center North.

Capital Project Strategic Planning

Vanderbilt University is embarking on discovery and planning processes to chart the institution’s future course for capital planning in the humanities and the sciences. Vanderbilt’s top academic and administrative leaders will direct the two studies, which will be guided by the  Academic Strategic Plan  and  FutureVU . Faculty, students and staff will be engaged throughout both planning processes.

Sciences and Engineering
The evaluation of science and engineering research facilities and capabilities will include the School of Engineering, the College of Arts and Science and the Basic Sciences division of the School of Medicine. If you would like to provide feedback on this project, please complete this online form.
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Humanities and historic core buildings of the College of Arts & Science
The humanities assessment will include departments and programs within Arts and Science with an emphasis on trans-institutional programs and centers (including TIPs) with connections to the Divinity School and the Blair School of Music. If you would like to provide feedback on this project, please complete this online form.
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Chancellor's Humanities Committee's Report

Peabody Master Planning Underway
Peabody College is in planning stages for renovations to some of their historic buildings, which will support undergraduate and graduate education as well as research.

Owen Master Planning Underway
The Owen Graduate School of Management has conducted a feasibility study for future addition and expansion.

19th Avenue building
Processes are in place to study potential uses for the 19th Avenue building, including a faculty commons, a digital commons, a university archives commons or other yet-to-be-defined uses. If you would like to provide feedback on this project, please complete this online form.
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