Vanderbilt University Peabody Campus Renovation

Vanderbilt University Peabody Campus Renovation

Nashville, TN


  • Assignment: Construction Manager
  • Architect: Centric Architecture
  • Mechanical Engineer: I.C. Thomasson Associates
  • Structural Engineer: Structural Design Group
  • Civil Engineer: Barge Cauthen & Associates


Vanderbilt University is one of the top-ranked higher education institutions in the country. Vanderbilt saw a need to update their existing buildings located on the most historic part of campus to continue providing an extraordinary learning environment for their Peabody College of Education students. This project included 91,568 sf renovations to four structures, including historic 6 Magnolia Circle and Mayborn buildings; new 15,000 sf addition constructed to connect the two historic buildings, featuring a café and active learning classrooms; new 2,878 sf satellite utility plant; steam to hot water conversion infrastructure upgrades throughout the campus; and ADA upgrades to ensure full accessibility.


  • Rework was minimal on this project due to Messer’s Quality Leadership System and execution of the Three Phase Inspection process.
  • Originally built in 1914, the 6 Magnolia Circle and Mayborn buildings were renovated with several original features preserved to maintain their history.
  • Messer used a project website to communicate weekly updates to the campus community for the duration of the project.
  • The project achieved three Living Building Challenge (LBC) Petals: Materials, Equity and Beauty — the first LBC buildings on campus.
  • LEED Gold certified.
  • 2020 AGC General Contractor of the Year.
  • 2020 AGC Build Tennessee Award.

Messer has performed

very well and has been an excellent team member. Their leadership team coordinated extensively with the university stakeholders to ensure the safety and security of all students, visitors and staff. All the while ensuring the university remained operational during each phase of the project."

Rachel Spangler, AIA, LEEP AP Centric Architecture

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