Belmont University, R. Milton and Denice Johnson Center, Dining and Academic Building
Associated Firms: I. C. Thomasson Associates, Inc., Ross Bryan Associates, Inc., Russ Berger Design Group, Hodgson & Douglas, LLC, Smith Seckman Reid, Inc., Inman Foodservices Group, RPM Transportation Consultants
David Minnigan, Darrell Lambert, Janet Wennerlund, Brad Graves
Experiential studies that give students an edge in CAPACITY2,600COST PER SQ FT$561.00FEATURED IN2016 Architectural Portfolio areas are a hallmark of Belmont. The multifunctional Johnson Center provides hands-on learning experiences for The Curb College of Music Business & Entertainment, which offers degree programs in music business, audio engineering technology, entertainment industry studies, songwriting and a new motion pictures curriculum. In this four-story complex, students can immerse themselves in a comprehensive lights-camera-action world that is equipped with $3.6 million in technology resources.
Designed for interdisciplinary collaboration, the facility includes highly specialized spaces such as a 250-seat screening theater, a sound stage, editing labs, a motion capture space, a foley/ADR suite, a TV production studio, a control room and a dedicated production space for student media. This is the first and only university-based film program capable of developing, producing and showing theater-ready films in the Dolby Atmos format.
The second floor is devoted to 950-seat cafeteria-style dining that offers the entire student body a wide array of options. Seeking LEED Gold Certification, the building includes a 400,000-square-foot underground parking garage, a geothermal heating and cooling system installed beneath the adjoining lawn and four sections of green roof.