Work is ongoing and completion in spring 2022 is scheduled for the expansion and renovation of the Trevecca Nazarene University Jernigan Student Center.
When completed, the building will contain a bookstore; an improved commercial kitchen; a renovated dining room that can accommodate more than 450 students; a café and market adjacent to an outdoor plaza; an office suite for student government and diversity council programs; and several open student lounges.
Located in the heart of the campus, the three-story center (see here) opened in 1985 and previously included a 322-seat cafeteria, grill, administrative offices and conference spaces, a bookstore, the TNU presidential dining hall, the campus mailroom, and play areas / entertainment.
Trevecca officials are not disclosing the price of the project. However, a recently issued permit is valued at $ 12 million.
The building will be closed during construction and the university is making adjustments during the interim, according to Brian Bennett, TNU’s marketing communications manager.
Bennett said the upgrade to the existing monumental staircase will maintain the connection between the floors of the student center.
“The third-floor balcony will settle into the two-story volume of the main dining room, creating a strong visual connection between the spaces,” he said. “The upgrades to the President’s Dining Room, enlarged washrooms and new finishes, lighting and furnishings will re-energize the building as a center of student experience at the university. “
ESa is the architect, with RC Mathews Contractor as the construction manager. Both are locally based.
Trevecca officials are also in the works with an addition to their STEM building (read more here) and are considering a university residence. Founded in 1901, the university offers 20 associate degrees as well as 73 undergraduate programs, 16 master’s programs, and three doctoral programs. School enrollment numbers are typically around 4,000, of which around 2,000 are traditional undergraduates.