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Belmont Univ., Caldwell II Dorm (11 stories, 714 beds, 4,134 sq. ft. of ground level retail) update: starting 5th level on eastern side of site; skin starting to appear on ground level.

Looking west from Caldwell Ave.,  1/3 block east of 15th Ave. South:

Belmont Univ, Caldwell II, March 26, 2024, 1.jpeg


Looking SE from. intersection of 15th Ave. South and Caldwell Ave:

Belmont Univ, Caldwell II, March 26, 2024, 2.jpeg

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Calling BS on those figures. No way Vandy ONLY has 745 graduate students. And they don't have more than 8,000 ug students. Would have been one of the easiest schools to check for the NBJ, but I guess that was too much work. 

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Belmont Univ,. Caldwell II dorm (11 stories, 782 beds) update: starting 6th floor on east end. 

Looking SW from Caldwell Ave.,  1/2 block east of 15th Ave. South:

Belmont Univ, Caldwell II, April 21, 2024, 1.jpeg


Looking south from Caldwell Ave., 1/4 block east of 15th Ave. South:

Belmont Univ, Caldwell II, April 21, 2024, 2.jpeg


Looking SE from intersection of 15th Ave. South and Caldwell Ave:

Belmont Univ, Caldwell II, April 21, 2024, 3.jpeg


Looking NE from 15th Ave. South, 1/4 block south of Caldwell Ave:

Belmont Univ, Caldwell II, April 21, 2024, 4.jpeg

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Belmont Univ. Caldwell II dorm (11 stories, 782 beds) update: up to 5th level on western side.

Looking SW from Caldwell Ave.,  1/2 block east of 15th Ave. South:

Belmont Univ, Caldwell II, May 5, 2024, 1.jpeg


Looking SE from intersection of 15th Ave. South and Caldwell Ave:

Belmont Univ, Caldwell II, May 5, 2024, 2.jpeg


Looking NE from 15th Ave. South, 1/4 block south of Caldwell Ave:

Belmont Univ, Caldwell II, May 5, 2024, 3.jpeg

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Belmont Univ., Caldwell II Dorm (11 stories, 714 beds, 4,134 sq. ft. of ground level retail) update: up to 8th level on eastern side of site; glass being installed.

Looking west from Caldwell Ave.,  1/3 block east of 15th Ave. South:

Belmont Univ, Caldwell II, May 19, 2024, 1.jpeg


Looking south from Caldwell Ave., 1/4 block east of 15th Ave. South:

Belmont Univ, Caldwell II, May 19, 2024, 2.jpeg


Looking SE from intersection of 15th Ave. South and Caldwell Ave:

Belmont Univ, Caldwell II, May 19, 2024, 3.jpeg

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Belmont Univ., Vince Gill Room at Curb Center (added 3rd story above retail/classroom space facing Belmont Blvd.).  It serves as the premium hospitality space during Belmont home basketball games since the arena's inception, features new amenities and upgrades for Bruin Club members to enjoy.

The space has nearly doubled - to approximately 5,500 square feet – with views of the Curb Event Center playing surface and the surrounding campus landscape.
 
It features 16 high-definition TVs, a new, state-of-the-art video wall, and a wide variety of additional furniture to enhance the viewing experience of Belmont athletic events.
 
Upgraded dining amenities include a newly-renovated kitchen, two self-service soda fountains, and additional storage space for campus functions and Bruin Club events.

 

Belmont Univ, Vince Gill School, Curb Center, May, 2024, 1.jpeg

Belmont Univ, Vince Gill School, Curb Center, May, 2024, 2.jpeg

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Belmont Univ., Caldwell II Dorm (11 stories, 714 beds, 4,134 sq. ft. of ground level retail) update: starting 9th level on eastern side of site; more glass being installed.

Looking west from Caldwell Ave.,  1/3 block east of 15th Ave. South:

Belmont Univ, Caldwell II, June 2, 2024, 1.jpeg


Looking south from Caldwell Ave., 1/4 block east of 15th Ave. South:

Belmont Univ, Caldwell II, June 2, 2024, 2.jpeg


Looking SE from intersection of 15th Ave. South and Caldwell Ave:

Belmont Univ, Caldwell II, June 2, 2024, 3.jpeg


Looking NE from 15th Ave. South, 1/4 block south of Caldwell Ave:

Belmont Univ, Caldwell II, June 2, 2024, 4.jpeg

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Belmont Univ., Caldwell II Dorm (11 stories, 714 beds, 4,134 sq. ft. of ground level retail) update: up to 9th level on eastern side of site.

Looking west from Caldwell Ave.,  1/3 block east of 15th Ave. South:

Belmont Univ, Caldwell II, June 15, 2024, 1.jpeg


Looking SE from intersection of 15th Ave. South and Caldwell Ave:

Belmont Univ, Caldwell II, June 15, 2024, 2.jpeg


Looking NE from 15th Ave. South, 1/4 block south of Caldwell Ave:

Belmont Univ, Caldwell II, June 15, 2024, 13jpeg.jpeg

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Just a quick note on the TSU Health Sciences Building:  There are plans to expand the Health Sciences Building (HSB) so that it will fully house the TSU nursing program under one roof and increase laboratory space.  Currently the nursing program is using the HSB and space in another building on the main campus.  From what I've been told the State of TN did not approve the original plan for the HSB that was proposed, which would have connected the new HSB to the Queen Washington Building (QWB) an existing  building that served as the campus infirmary that was to be renovated.  That didn't happen and the infirmary building was redesignated as the campus police headquarters which reduced the size of the infirmary space.  The QWB building is now in need of major repairs, had the connection between the two buildings been approved it would have taken care of repair issues that have worsen since, which is why the original design called for renovating it.  I was also told that the original design of the new HSB was at least 25% larger than what was approved and built.  

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3 hours ago, PillowTalk4 said:

Just a quick note on the TSU Health Sciences Building:  There are plans to expand the Health Sciences Building (HSB) so that it will fully house the TSU nursing program under one roof and increase laboratory space.  Currently the nursing program is using the HSB and space in another building on the main campus.  From what I've been told the State of TN did not approve the original plan for the HSB that was proposed, which would have connected the new HSB to the Queen Washington Building (QWB) an existing  building that served as the campus infirmary that was to be renovated.  That didn't happen and the infirmary building was redesignated as the campus police headquarters which reduced the size of the infirmary space.  The QWB building is now in need of major repairs, had the connection between the two buildings been approved it would have taken care of repair issues that have worsen since, which is why the original design called for renovating it.  I was also told that the original design of the new HSB was at least 25% larger than what was approved and built.  

Really hope this wasn't yet another example of the challenge faced by HBCU's.  

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19 hours ago, nashville born said:

Really hope this wasn't yet another example of the challenge faced by HBCU's.  

The need to renovate and upgrade systems in the Queen Washington building was probably  caused by inadequate funding.  It is on the list of TSU campus buildings that is in need of serious repair work.  So much so that the building may end up being demolished pending a new request to determine feasibility of renovations versus new build. 

The challenge for TSU right now is to get moving on all of the deferred maintenance projects as quickly as possible because the value of the $250M allocated by the state for infrastructure repair work is shrinking as cost are skyrocketing. 

In my opinion, both the State and leadership of TSU have not done a good job in managing facilities at TSU.  I say both because the State failed TSU in not providing adequate funding to the university and its processes are cumbersome and can be lengthy, which can lead to increased costs.  This is an issue that not only impacts TSU but also impacts other State colleges and universitites.  But, the drastic underfunding of TSU highlights the issue even moreso for them. 

I add TSU's leadership into the blame as well because from my perspective they have not always understood the processes for getting things done and accepted the underfunding from the State far too long.  Especially the leadership that followed Dr. Hefner a former TSU president.  Most especially the leadership of and  under the current president who will retire on June 30th. 

TSU's new Board of Trustees has several challenges that they must address immediately.  From what I've seen in their early meetings they appear to be in a state of frustration.  However, they also seem to be eager to get down to business and start working to first stabalize the university and then move it forward.  So far their metings offer more transparency, details and are facilitated better than I've seen in the past.  They are certainly making it clear that it is a new day and that accountability from all TSU administrators is going to be high.

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