In September 2018 SGA ‘broke ground’ on 71,000 SF of renovations and additions for the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University. Partnered with local Nashville firm and ‘Architect of Record’ Centric Architecture, SGA’s Higher Ed Group lead the process as ‘Design Architect’. Working closely with Peabody College’s administration, faculty and staff, and with Vanderbilt University’s Campus Planning Department, SGA guided the programming, concept and development efforts, providing academic design expertise that reimagines Peabody’s teaching and learning environment.

Project scope includes 55,000 SF of renovations to two existing 1912-era Beaux Arts academic buildings, repurposing existing spaces for classroom and administrative use. Challenges for the project seeking LEED Gold included full upgrades for all services, state-of-the-art IT/AV instructional spaces, and exterior historic restorations of the exterior. SGA has designed a 16,000 SF ‘jewel box’ connector addition that serves as a new student center for graduate programs, capturing 3,000 SF for active learning classrooms, and fulfilling Peabody College’s wish to create a new school center. Vanderbilt is thrilled to be able to add these facilities in the Fall of 2020.