Janet Ayers Academic Center at Belmont University

With its Grand Opening in Summer 2014, the Janet Ayers Academic Center has become a focal point of the Belmont campus on the corner of Wedgewood and 15th Avenues. The 186,140-square-foot center includes a 300-seat chapel, dining options, 30 classrooms, state-of-the-art science and research laboratories, faculty offices and conference space. A five-level below-grade parking garage provides 437 spaces, and a three-level footbridge corridor was constructed to connect to the existing Gordon E. Inman Center and McWhorter Hall.

Sustainable Features
  • Underground parking garage to reduce the urban heat island effect and preserve green space
  • Charging stations for electric vehicles
  • Sustainable green roofs
  • High-efficiency plumbing fixtures to optimize water savings
  • Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to reduce energy usage
  • An active chilled beam system that reduces heating and cooling energy and is one of the only HVAC systems of its kind in Nashville
  • 75 percent of the waste generated during construction was recycled
  • Stormwater collection system


Date Completed

August 2014



Project Size

186,140 sq ft


LEED Platinum; Associated Builders and Contractors National Award Winner

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