Belmont University held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for a soon-to-be-constructed 298-bed residence hall and a 562-car underground parking garage being constructed in the Bruin Hills Apartment area on the southeastern corner of campus.
At nearly 110,000 square foot, the $30 million structure is the university’s 10th major construction project since 2002 and represents Belmont’s continuing economic impact on the Nashville market. Dollars invested by the university in construction have grown exponentially in the past decade as well, from $20 million in 2000-01 to a cumulative total of more than $236 million in 2011.
As part of Belmont’s ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability, the new facility will incorporate a number of “green” features including a variable flow refrigerant HVAC system, a partially landscaped covered garage area in front of the building, motion sensors on residence room lighting and energy efficient lighting and appliances. The as-yet-unnamed residence hall is also being built on a previously developed campus site; a 56-bed complex was razed, and its debris recycled, to make way for a building plan that will ultimately house nine times that many students.
The campus’ physical growth comes as a result of significant enrollment expansion from 2,976 students in 2000 to more than 5,900 in 2010-11.
Designed by EOA Architects with construction by R.C. Mathews, the suite-style residence hall will house upperclassmen and is expected to be completed and ready for occupancy by fall 2012. The facility’s design allows for a second phase to be added to the structure which, when undertaken, will provide an additional 190 beds.