With classes set to start in just a few days, Trevecca students will notice a few changes as they return to campus. The University spent $2.5 million in campus updates over the summer, ranging from improvements to residence halls and apartments to new locations for various offices and services.
Some of the biggest summer projects involved Trevecca’s on-campus housing. Wise Hall was completely renovated and reconfigured over the summer. The apartments can house up six female upperclassmen and now features three bedrooms, a spacious bathroom and a full-size kitchen.
“Wise Hall was completely gutted,” said David Caldwell, executive vice president for finance and administration. “Every wall, pipe, electricity—everything was replaced.”
Other on-campus housing projects included new shower doors in Benson Hall, upgraded bathrooms and new dishwashers in Bush Apartments and completely renovated bathrooms, new furniture and new flooring in Tennessee Hall. The lower level of Johnson Hall, which has housed the Office of Academic Records for years, was converted back to residence hall space over the summer. The Office of Academic Records is now located on the third floor of the Adams Building.
The University also replaced the roofs on Wise and Johnson Halls.
In addition to updating on-campus student housing this summer, the University continued construction on the Flats at Walden Grove, a 126-unit apartment complex adjacent to campus. Owned by the University, the complex is managed by VITA Property Management Group. Pre-leasing for the one-and two-bedroom apartments has already begun, with the first residents expected to move in during the early fall. Read more about the Flats at Walden Grove.
Many of this summer’s campus updates have also included various classrooms and academic buildings on campus. One of the largest projects was a complete renovation of the Wakefield Fine Arts Building, which was home to the School of Music and Worship Arts until the completion of the Jackson Center for Music and Worship Arts last January.
“We did an extensive renovation inside,” Caldwell said.
The building updates included reconfiguring the layout of the Mac lab to add additional seating, enlarging bathrooms throughout the building and a complete overhaul of the auditorium.
University officials also moved forward with a project to update the teaching spaces on the lower level of the Mackey Building. Three classrooms were combined to create two larger teaching spaces. One room is outfitted with microphones and a camera that will follow the speaker anywhere in the room, allowing for classes to be easily recorded. The other is set up for interactive study.
“These are probably the most technologically advanced classrooms on campus,” Caldwell said.
In addition to renovations and improvements, students, faculty and staff will also notice that several campus offices have been relocated over the summer break. As previously noted, the Office of Academic Records moved from the lower level of Johnson Hall to the third floor of the Adams Building.
The Center for Innovative Instruction, led by Lametrius Daniels, also moved offices, now occupying space on the bottom floor of Waggoner Library. In addition, the Trevecca Counseling Center relocated to the renovated Smith House. The move will allow the center to expand its services to students. Read more about the Counseling Center’s new home.
Caldwell also noted that renovations had been completed to the space that previously housed the National Praise and Worship offices on the lower level of the Tidwell Building. As enrollment numbers continue to rise and the size of the faculty grows, Caldwell anticipates that this space will be used for faculty offices.
One of the University’s most anticipated summer projects, Pulliam Plaza, is currently under construction. Located just off the Jernigan Student Center, the space will feature expanded outdoor seating, a 6-foot-wide glass fireplace and a small amphitheater and fire pit. The project is expected to be completed by the early fall. Read more about Pulliam Plaza.
“This was the busiest summer in recent history as far as projects,” Caldwell said. “We had about 13 projects under construction. With the exception of Pulliam Plaza, all will be done by Monday.”