Belmont University has unveiled a visually fascinating video presentation of its Wedgewood Academic Center under construction at the southeast corner of the Wedgewood and 15th avenues intersection. ESa is designing the building — and skillfully crafted the video with a 3D vibe.
Belmont University’s Randall and Sadie Baskin Center has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, BU officials announced today.
The 75,000-square-foot center, which opened in August, is the largest LEED-certified university academic building in Middle Tennessee and the first LEED-certified law school building in the state, according to information provided by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Baskin Center sits atop a five-level underground garage and houses Belmont University’s College of Law, which is now in its second year of operations (and first in the facility).
“In the design, construction, maintenance and operations of the Baskin Center, we sought to use less energy, reduce carbon emissions and contribute to a healthier environment for students, employees and the larger community,” Belmont President Bob Fisher said in a release. “Our hope is that this environmentally conscious building inspires Belmont College of Law students to become the greatest legal minds of their generation while being cognizant of their footprints on the world.”
The three-story brick and limestone Baskin Center was designed and built by Nashville-based Earl Swensson Associates and R.C. Mathews, respectively.
New York City-based publisher W.W. Norton & Company has released the third edition of Hospital and Healthcare Facility Design, authored by architectural executives Richard L. Miller, Earl S. Swensson and Todd Robinson, all of Earl Swensson Associates in Nashville.
Healthcare Design magazine called the book, well known among architects, planners, students and hospital administrators, upon its release a “healthcare design Bible.”
Hospital and Healthcare Facility Design expands coverage of key topics covered in the two previous editions (1995 and 2002), such as women’s and children’s healthcare and care for the elderly. It also explores the latest advances in new medical campuses, freestanding facilities and continuous-care senior living communities.
Founded in Nashville more than 50 years ago, Earl Swensson Associates is known for its architectural services to health care and higher education clients.
The Randall and Sadie Baskin Center, which will house the Belmont University College of Law, has been “topped out.”
Belmont officials celebrated the official construction milestone during a ceremony Tuesday. The approximately 71,000-square-foot facility will serve as the college’s permanent home upon its completion in July.
In August 2011, the BU College of Law welcomed a charter class of 132 students representing 14 states.
“From breaking ground on this building to hiring our first faculty members to welcoming our charter class, Belmont’s College of Law has already achieved some incredible milestones,” College of Law founding Dean Jeff Kinsler said in a release. “Today we celebrate another as we ‘top out’ this building.”
The $32 million Baskin Center, located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Acklen and 15th avenues, will include a five-level underground parking garage, a high-end furnished “trial courtroom” outfitted with state-of-the-art AV equipment for mock trials, a two-story law library, three auditorium-style classrooms with tiered seating, classrooms, an appellate courtroom, faculty offices and a Grand Lobby Rotunda.
Earl Swensson Associates and R.C. Mathews are handling design and construction, respectively.
BU officials are hoping to land silver LEED certification for the Baskin Center.
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