Belmont University, Wedgewood Academic Center
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Wedgewood Academic Center, designed around a four-level open atrium that provides natural light throughout the building, was intended to facilitate interdisciplinary COST PER SQ FT$370.00FEATURED IN2015 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas and planned interactions among students and faculty. As the largest building to date on the historic university’s campus, the center houses programs that include the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Sciences and Mathematics and the College of Theology and Christian Ministry.
Every undergraduate at Belmont University takes classes in the new academic center; many of Belmont’s core curriculum courses are offered in the facility. In addition to classrooms, laboratories and other flexible learning spaces, the building contains student-centered common space that includes a Sandella’s Flatbread Café, Starbucks, a writing center, a math lab, a service learning and international education site, a computer science lab, seminar rooms and student-run business incubator space. Faculty offices are close to classrooms, study areas and other collaborative spaces to promote faculty/student interaction. The use of chill beam mechanical systems and LED lighting emphasizes the university’s commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability.