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Caldwell Avenue Residence Hall

In the wake of the successful Presidential Debate held on Belmont’s campus and the recent announcement of plans for a new College of Medicine in partnership with HCA Healthcare, Belmont University continues to push forward, investing in growth and in student success. The latest evidence of this is the announcement of a new residence hall to be built on Caldwell Avenue, set to open in the fall of 2022. The 268,000 square foot structure will join the residential village created with the completion of Tall Hall in 2018 on the south end of campus. Like Tall Hall, this building will provide incredible views of downtown Nashville and will house more than 600 upperclassmen upon completion.

Approximately 60 percent of Belmont’s undergraduate population lived on campus in 2019, and the new hall will increase residential spaces enough to raise that to almost 70 percent of undergraduate students as Belmont remains committed to providing students with a traditional residential, liberal arts-based education.

Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “We believe our students get the best out of their college experience when they call this place their home. We want them right here in the heart of all that is going on, and I’m proud that we will be able to offer that opportunity to hundreds more of our upperclassmen in this state-of-the-art facility. I believe in our students and I believe it is so important to continue investing in and providing additional resources to support our students and help our campus grow.”

The building will feature all private bedrooms in apartment-style living with a multitude of amenities such as a fitness center, flexible basement space and vending area, a unique two-story lobby featuring study and gathering areas, mail and laundry rooms and two exterior courtyards. The structure will be built with the same high-performance environmental standards as other Belmont projects and will feature exterior limestone and brick accents. Nashville-based R.C. Mathews is the contractor and ESa the architect for the project, which is anticipated to have a total cost of $98 million.

“This project is just the latest example of Dr. Fisher’s and the Board of Trustees’ constant commitment to provide the transformational experience of on-campus living,” said Dr. Anthony Donovan, associate dean of students and director of Residence Life. “The University continues to provide students a great place to live that rivals the best housing in Nashville, but with the support and structure that leads to increased success while at Belmont.”

This residence hall will add to the 3,500 residential spaces that Belmont has built on campus in the past several years through the construction of 11 residence halls, just part of the extraordinary campus development that represents more than $1 billion invested in new construction, renovations and property acquisitions.

Other campus projects currently under construction include the new Belmont University Performing Arts Center and an indoor athletics practice facility, both slated to open in fall of 2021. The Belmont University Performing Arts Center, which will be located between Bernard and Compton Avenue on Belmont Boulevard, 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 two-story, 45,000 square-foot indoor athletics practice facility located on Compton Avenue will house two full courts for basketball and volleyball. The project will also 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.

Caldwell Avenue Residence Hall Updates:

Blasting will begin on November 30, 2020 and end on approximately January 15, 2021.

Projected Blasting Times: will be 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
3 p.m. blast will be reserved for infrequent necessity 

Blasting Reports:

11/30/20 – 12/4/20
There were 8 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 exposures to the surrounding structures were conducted in accordance with the State’s legal limits.  The measured peak particle velocities for the project were evaluated, and it was determined that the average peak particle velocity measured at the site last week was 0.86 in/sec which is 43 percent of the legal limit. The air concussion or air blast levels measured for the project were evaluated, and it was determined that the average air concussion or air blast levels measured at the site last week were 124 dB which is 15.8 percent of the legal limit.

12/6/20 – 12/12/20
There were 13 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 exposures to the surrounding structures were conducted in accordance with the State’s legal limits.  The measured peak particle velocities for the project were evaluated, and it was determined that the average peak particle velocity measured at the site last week was 0.67 in/sec which is 33.5 percent of the legal limit. The air concussion or air blast levels measured for the project were evaluated, and it was determined that the average air concussion or air blast levels measured at the site last week were 122 dB which is 12.6 percent of the legal limit.

12/14/20 – 12/19/20
There were 10 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 exposures to the surrounding structures were conducted in accordance with the State’s legal limits.  The measured peak particle velocities for the project were evaluated, and it was determined that the average peak particle velocity measured at the site last week was 0.50 in/sec which is 25.0 percent of the legal limit. The air concussion or air blast levels measured for the project were evaluated, and it was determined that the average air concussion or air blast levels measured at the site last week were 122 dB which is 12.6 percent of the legal limit.

12/21/20 – 12/24/20
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 exposures to the surrounding structures were conducted in accordance with the State’s legal limits.  The measured peak particle velocities for the project were evaluated, and it was determined that the average peak particle velocity measured at the site last week was 0.41 in/sec which is 20.5 percent of the legal limit. The air concussion or air blast levels measured for the project were evaluated, and it was determined that the average air concussion or air blast levels measured at the site last week were 124 dB which is 15.8 percent of the legal limit.

12/28/20 – 12/31/20
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 exposures to the surrounding structures were conducted in accordance with the State’s legal limits.  The measured peak particle velocities for the project were evaluated, and it was determined that the average peak particle velocity measured at the site last week was 0.43 in/sec which is 21.5 percent of the legal limit. The air concussion or air blast levels measured for the project were evaluated, and it was determined that the average air concussion or air blast levels measured at the site last week were 123 dB which is 14.2 percent of the legal limit.

1/4/21 – 1/9/21
There were 12 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 exposures to the surrounding structures were conducted in accordance with the State’s legal limits.  The measured peak particle velocities for the project were evaluated, and it was determined that the average peak particle velocity measured at the site last week was 0.42 in/sec which is 21.0 percent of the legal limit. The air concussion or air blast levels measured for the project were evaluated, and it was determined that the average air concussion or air blast levels measured at the site last week were 125 dB which is 17.7 percent of the legal limit.

1/11/21 – 1/16/21
There was 1 blast on the project. The blast was monitored at multiple locations surrounding the project site. The seismic and air concussion readings were evaluated, and it was determined that the blasting exposures to the surrounding structures were conducted in accordance with the State’s legal limits.  The measured peak particle velocities for the project were evaluated, and it was determined that the average peak particle velocity measured at the site last week was 0.30 in/sec which is 15 percent of the legal limit. The air concussion or air blast levels measured for the project were evaluated, and it was determined that the average air concussion or air blast levels measured at the site last week were 121 dB which is 11.1 percent of the legal limit.


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.

See the March 26, 2020 Virtual Community Meeting here.


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.


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.”

January 1, 2021:  Project Completion