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Belmont releases construction plans for new residence hall

An email from the Office of Communications outlined construction details for a new residence hall in the Hillside area of campus expected to open fall 2018.

“This will be Belmont’s largest residence hall in history, offering more than 600 spaces for upperclassmen, with half the building expected to open in fall 2018 and the rest in spring 2019,” the email stated.

Construction is set to begin early January, with destruction of four Bruin Hills buildings and the Bruin Hills clubhouse starting Dec. 19.

During construction, residents of Potter Hall will be reassigned parking on the lower levels of the Johnson Center garage, while residents of Hillside, Bruin Hills and Maddox will be reassigned to the Thrailkill Hall garage.

Several students have already taken to Facebook to voice their grievances with the parking reassignments.

“I live in Two Oaks, and I’m only allowed to park in the Thrailkill garage. If you come back after 7- 8 p.m., you automatically have to drive to the fifth floor of the deck because there are no parking spaces except on the top floor,” said sophomore Isabelle Talledo. “If Belmont expects all of the students from Two Oaks, Thrailkill, Maddox, Bruin Hills, Kennedy and Hillside to fit in the Thrailkill garage, they’re dreaming.”

Director of Residence Life Anthony Donovan commented on these concerns.

“There will be adequate space for parking,” Donovan said. “It might even be more of a convenience for students who are being moved to the Johnson garage to park there.”

The email’s outline for blasting that will occur “no more than twice a day” and is expected to last “no more than six weeks” also upset several students.

Sophomore Emma Shilliday lives in Dickens Hall in an apartment overlooking the area construction will occupy. Shilliday is concerned the noise will impede student’s abilities to study effectively.

“So many students spend the day either studying or napping, and as a college student that’s obviously very important,” Shilliday said. “When I was in high school, we had to sit through construction projects during the day, and it was completely distracting to my learning.”

Donovan also addressed student’s concerns about the noise.

“This is not the first construction project Belmont has seen. There’s going to be noise, but the construction company has and will continue to follow guidelines to avoid disruption to students,” Donovan said.

This article was written by Zach Gilchriest. Photo provided by Belmont University.

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