After completing a series of master planning and conceptual design exercises for Vanderbilt University’s residential college system, we were asked to design the new, 350-bed E. Bronson Ingram College. This new residential college replaces the Vandy-Barnard dormitory on the same site.
The goal of the residential college system is breakdown the size of the residential community into smaller, more comfortable groups that share a University ‘home’. The E. Bronson Ingram College building will accomplish this goal by offering a variety of spaces in which its residents can live, learn, collaborate and socialize. The 205,000 SF facility will house students, faculty advisors and graduate students. Residents will have on-site access to a share dining room, study lounges, social spaces and formal & informal outdoor green spaces.
The design of E. Bronson Ingram College takes cues from the rich and stylistically eclectic blend of late 19th- and early 20th-century architecture found throughout the Vanderbilt University campus. Appropriate for the program and context of the site – the future home to a series of residential colleges – the design is further modified with elements of the collegiate gothic style.
Construction of E. Bronson Ingram College began in the spring of 2016 and is expected to be complete in the summer of 2018.