About This Project
Phase 1 of a multi-building master plan to restore and enhance the Peabody College campus involved renovating 60,000 square feet of existing space and adding 10,000 square feet in new construction. The project consists of the renovation of the existing Peabody Home Economics and Mayborn (HEM) buildings and the addition of a 3-story connector (including a basement level) between the two buildings. The Home Economics and Mayborn buildings are 3-story and 4-story buildings, respectively and were constructed in the early 1900’s. The connector addition includes an egress stair at the east end of the addition, an elevator, classrooms and service spaces at each level, and internal stairs connecting each level as well as the adjacent buildings.
A revitalized Mayborn Building, initially opened in 1914 and intended as the home of Vanderbilt’s popular Human and Organizational Development program, will feature three active-learning classrooms and two configurable classrooms, a simulation lab for demonstration teaching and one-on-one counseling, an auditorium that seats 120, and “The Gallery,” an event space with capacity for 100 designed to facilitate opportunities for students to interact with representatives from local nonprofit organizations as well as community leaders. The new connector building between the existing Mayborn and Home Economics buildings will feature three active-learning classrooms and two configurable classrooms, a new café, and an elevator providing multi-floor access to both Mayborn and Home Ec. Among the renovations to the Home Economics Building, which also opened in 1914,are new science labs for K-12 programs and to teach instruction techniques, a makerspace for student use and to facilitate faculty design of learning experiences, eight configurable classrooms and three science classrooms, five research or project workrooms, and five project meeting rooms.