Belmont University officials announced today the recently opened Wedgewood Academic Center has become the first building on a Tennessee-based university campus to achieve platinum LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The building, which anchors the southeast corner of the intersection of 15th and Wedgewood avenues, opened 10 months ago.
Of note, the Wedgewood Academic Center also has become the first LEED for New Construction project in Nashville to achieve the platinum level, the highest in the LEED ratings system, according to a release.
The 186,000 square foot Wedgewood Academic Center (see here courtesy of Google Maps) sits above a five-level underground parking garage and represents Belmont’s largest building to date. The facility houses more than 50 undergraduate programs from three different colleges as well as 20 science labs, classrooms and offices, two food service venues, multiple green roofs and a chapel.
Nashville-based Earl Swensson Associates designed the structure.
Belmont President Bob Fisher said in the release that universities should be “at the forefront of issues impacting society.”
“My son Rob, who is an environmental consultant, frequently reminds me that sustainability and conservation are critical topics facing us today and facing the future generations we’re educating on this campus,” Fisher said. “It’s imperative that we model a strong commitment to managing resources, as Belmont’s done with its Conservation Covenant, recognizing that prioritizing ‘green’ initiatives reflects good stewardship and offers long-term benefits to our operations, the environment and our community’s health and satisfaction.”
Best Choice Schools has ranked both Belmont and Vanderbilt universities among the nation's Top 20 urban campuses for beauty.
BU (the law school building at which is pictured here) ranks No. 10, while VU ranks 16th. Memphis-based Rhodes University (No. 27) is the only other Tennessee school on the list.
Criteria for the ranking involved schools being located in cities with populations of 100,000 or more. Specific campus elements included prior national and international accolades, student enjoyment, notable features, historical significance and environmental friendliness.
“We take great pride in creating and maintaining a campus that is both visually appealing and environmentally sustainable," Belmont President Bob Fisher said in a release. "Not only do these gorgeous surroundings provide our students, faculty and staff a beautiful place to study, work and play, but they also show prospective families that you can have it all — a great education and a stunning campus right in the middle of a fantastic city.”
Of note, most of the universities on the list are private. Read more here.
A year-old venture that helps church leaders develop their organizations is relocating to Belmont University from North Carolina. The Center for Healthy Churches is headed by Brentwood native Bill Wilson and is looking to take the reins from the Center for Congregational Health.
The partnership enhances leadership training already going on at Belmont including the Moench Center for Church Leadership, the H. Franklin Paschall Chair of Biblical Studies and Preaching and the Center for Executive Education.
“Our agreement with the Center for Healthy Churches helps extend our focus on developing young leaders and equipping and strengthening churches. It means more opportunities to serve the local church,” said Darrell Gwaltney, dean of Belmont’s College of Theology and Christian Ministry.
While most of us are focused on the court this week, the nerds at Inside Higher Ed took a look at who would win the NCAA Tournament if it were played in the classroom:
Here's how Inside Higher Ed's bracket works: to determine the winners, we first look to the Academic Progress Rate, the N.C.A.A.'s multiyear measure of a team's classroom performance. When two teams tie, we turn to the N.C.A.A.'s Graduation Success Rate, which measures the proportion of athletes on track to graduate within six years. In the event of a G.S.R. tie, we then turn to the Federal Graduation Rate, a slightly different formula that the government uses to track graduation rates.
This tournament's championship round was a nail-biter, going into double overtime, with the teams tying on both the A.P.R. and the G.S.R.
The winner? Belmont, which edged out Kansas in the final after topping Virginia, Georgia, Dayton, Louisville and Duke on the way to the title. They also won the title in 2013, the last year they qualified for the tournament.
"We take pride in the academic accomplishments of our program – past and present – and full credit goes to our players," Belmont coach Rick Byrd said in a release. "It is neat how Inside Higher Ed puts this twist on the NCAA Tournament bracket each year."
Back in the real bracket, Byrd's 15th-seeded Bruins are 16.5 point underdogs to No. 2 seed Virginia in Friday's game.
Belmont University will unveil today its professional education and corporate meeting facility in Cool Springs.
The facility is housed in a building located at 310 Billingsly Court in Franklin.
BU officials said in a release that the new Williamson County location will provide easily accessible classrooms for courses in Belmont’s adult degree, professional and continuing education programs, as well as event and meeting rental space for area businesses and organizations.
Belmont originally opened a satellite location in Cool Springs in 2002 on Seaboard Lane, allowing Williamson County residents and employees close access and opportune times to take classes through the university’s adult degree program.
Belmont University plans to offer a dual Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters in Business Administration degree program beginning in the fall semester of 2015.
The four-year dual program is the only one of its kind in Middle Tennessee and reflects a changing pharmaceutical job market that requires entrepreneurial and management skills.
"The modern practice of pharmacy is constantly evolving, and now — more than ever before — it's imperative that new [pharmacy] graduates also enter the workforce with a strong business acumen," Dr. Phil Johnson, dean of Belmont's College of Pharmacy, said in a release.
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