Road & Garage Closures
- Continuing through fall 2013, the one-block stretch of 15th Avenue South between Wedgewood & Acklen avenues will need to close at least once per week at 4 a.m. until varying completion times to accomplish concrete pours and various hoisting operations.
- As construction continues for the Wedgewood Academic Center, contractors need to connect the new building to existing Inman and McWhorter halls. This requires closing of the North Garage for the summer months as a safety precaution to keep students, employees and visitors out of an active overhead hoisting zone. During this time, vehicles will be unable to enter or exit the garage. The North Garage will reopen on Aug. 16.
The University will seek to minimize any adverse impact from these operations and will inform neighbors, students and employees a few days in advance of each closure.
Academic & Dining Services Complex
The tennis courts on the west side of 15th Avenue South will be replaced with a four-story building sitting on top of a 1,020-space underground parking garage. This building will include a 1,200-square-foot cafeteria and 40,000 square feet of classrooms and faculty offices for current academic programs. Blasting for the underground parking garage will commence at 11 a.m. April 1, 2013, and the second blast will occur that day at 3 p.m. For the first week, there may be only two or three blasts per day. Thereafter, blasting is scheduled to occur each weekday for six months at 8:35 a.m., 11:05 a.m., 1:05 p.m. and 3:05 p.m., though some days fewer blasts may occur. These times are subject to change. Please observe the flagmen stationed around the site and obey their direction, as it is for the safety of all.
Residence Hall & Garage Addition
As part of a continuing effort to provide on-campus living experiences, a 418-bed residence hall with both suite-style and apartment-style rooms will sit on the east side of 15th Avenue South across from Kennedy Hall. The 141,000-square-foot, six-story building also will include 354 additional parking spaces in a garage adjacent to the Thrailkill Parking Garage. Construction will begin in March 2013.
Belmont hosted a meeting on March 4, 2013 with neighbors, Metro Council members and construction team members to discuss details of blasting and construction of the residence hall, Academic and Dining Services Complex with undergound parking and addition to an exisit parking garage. Click here to read the frequently asked questions handout distributed at the meeting.
Alumni HouseOne of the oldest structures on campus is being renovated to become home base for Belmont’s 26,000 alumni. Construction began in December 2012 to turn the former Plant Operations facility into Belmont’s Alumni House, which should open by August 2013. Read more.
Wedgewood Academic CenterMeetings to discuss the details of blasting and construction were held for University employees and neighbors on April 23 and 24, 2012, respectively.
Click here to read the frequently asked questions pages that were distributed at the meetings.
Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation from the meetings.
Click here to view the pre-blast survey radius.
Once construction is complete, roundabouts will be installed at the 15th/Acklen intersection and between the North Garage, Baskin Center garage and Wedgewood building garage to ease traffic flow.
As part of a continuing effort to address the demand for on-campus parking, the Wedgewood Academic Center will sit above a garage adding 430 parking spaces to campus. Blasting concluded Aug. 10, 2012.