Belmont University, Beaman Student Life Center

Nashville, Tennessee

Created to raise the level of excellence in campus life through enhanced student services and recreation facilities, the center includes fitness facilities with strength training and cardiovascular equipment, an aerobics and dance area, two racquetball courts, an intramural gymnasium, a rock-climbing wall and student locker rooms.

Also housed in the center are the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMCannon DesignCOST PER SQ FT$165.00FEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYStudent Centers/Service Areas offices of Belmont’s dean of students and the student affairs office. Student services housed here include student-managed retail space, offices and meeting rooms for student organizations, and ample gathering spaces and inviting seating areas for students to study and interact.

The center’s design unites the traditional vocabulary of existing campus architecture, while setting a new palette standard. Round classical columns, octagonal design elements and brick harken to the university’s past, while mingling with open interior spaces and a contemporary introduction of glass. Translucent fabric panels stretched over aluminum frames and suspended from the ceiling of the commons area serve as “light scoops,” reflecting natural and artificial light.

The center’s “village” design approach in a pedestrian scale becomes one with the community and campus.