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Vanderbilt University Social Religious Building Historic Restoration & Addition

Hardaway Construction - Vanderbilt University Social Religious Building Historic Restoration & Addition
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Location: Nashville, TN
Owner: Vanderbilt University
Architect: The Stubbins Associates

The Social Religious Building, listed as a National Historic Landmark, is one of this institution’s signature and most recognizable and prominent buildings. In the early 90’s, it became apparent that the growth of Peabody College was fast outpacing the space available on campus. It was then decided to renovate and expand the Social Religious Building, which had fallen into disrepair after having once served as the center of student life on the Peabody campus. It now houses state-of-the-art technologies, including enhanced computer classrooms, video conferencing and multimedia seminar rooms, satellite downlink and broadcast capabilities, and video-editing suites.

The major renovation and 30,000 SF addition to an existing prestigious 1917 historical university building to be used for “teaching the teacher”.  All renovation work was carefully done to preserve the historical accuracy and “feel” of the original construction.   Flexibility was obtained by keeping some spaces very open and changing the function of others. While the dramatic entrance to the building with its wide white stairs and trademark columns has been preserved, a new three-story wall of video monitors was installed. The monitors are programmed to display an electronic window on projects under way within the Social Religious Building and elsewhere.

The rooms and hallways around the lobby, which once housed separate meeting parlors for men and women, now provide meeting space for conferences, classes and reception areas. The floors above include administrative offices and areas for student services.  The original beauty of the majestic ballroom with its glass-enclosed dome has been preserved during its transformation into the Community Multimedia Center, where faculty will be able to hold videoconferences on the latest educational research with their peers at other schools.

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