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Vanderbilt University

Trans-Institutional Plan Sets New Campus Standards

Project Location

Nashville, TN


Vanderbilt University


18 acres


Architecture, concept studies, program needs assessment

We performed a targeted discovery process to develop the Arts & Science Trans-Institutional Plan involving 12 current facilities that host humanities courses, research, performance, and programs. The study analyzes instructional, gathering, collaboration, special event, and office space – as well as determines the future needs for humanities departments, programs, and centers.

A major project goal is visioning for a new center for the humanities that will shape the discipline, enhance Vanderbilt’s reputation, set new future-forward standards, and accommodate trans-institutional work spanning more than one school or college. Revitalizing the historic campus core and touching on every major perimeter street that joins the campus to the Nashville community, the program analysis, and conditions assessment engaged faculty and the Provost’s office to develop future-state concept design options. The concepts include adaptive reuse and renovation options for 12 existing buildings, as well as potential opportunities for new construction and campus improvements. The study emphasizes trans-disciplinary studies including but not limited to, languages, area studies, and the arts for established centers, as well as relevant trans-institutional program initiatives funded through the Provost office.

We provided space needs assessment, classroom and laboratory utilization, facility assessment, concept studies, program needs assessment, and architecture services as well as preliminary concept design services.

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