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The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt says Senior Commons project is ‘in review’ after being labeled ‘underway’

During the Dec. 12, 2023, University Staff Advisory Council meeting, University Landscape Architect James Moore presented plans for a Senior Commons at Vanderbilt, which he said were “underway.”
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George Albu
Statue of a man with Commons Center in the background, as photographed on Sept. 8, 2023. (Hustler Multimedia/ George Albu)

The Senior Commons project said to be “underway” by University Landscape Architect James Moore at the Dec. 12, 2023, University Staff Advisory Council meeting is now said to be “in review” by the Vanderbilt Facilities Department. University leaders clarified the status of this project to The Hustler after the April 15 Hustler article about the proposed Senior Commons after previously declining to comment or not responding to The Hustler’s requests for comment on this matter.

The meeting minutes for the Dec. 12, 2023, USAC meeting read that Moore said an architect had been chosen for the Senior Commons, which would be located at Terrace Place, behind Wilson Hall and Kissam Center, and sleep 1,526 students. As of publication, no construction is ongoing at this site. 

Eric Ball of Adjaye Associates unintentionally featured plans drafted in 2022 for the Senior Commons on his website as of April 15, but later removed them from public access. Facilities clarified that these plans are not final and were sent to Vanderbilt during the project exploration and planning period. Pascale Sablan, CEO of the Adjaye Associates New York studio, told The Hustler that another architecture firm was selected for the Senior Commons. 

Facilities explained to The Hustler that potential university construction projects will be advanced based on “overall needs and resource availability.” 



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Rachael Perrotta ('24) is from Cranston, R.I., and majored in cognitive studies, political science and communication of science and technology and minored in gender and sexuality studies in Peabody College. She was also previously Senior Advisor and News Editor. If she's not pressing you for a comment, she's probably trying to convince you that she's over 5 feet tall, cheering on the Red Sox or wishing Nashville had a beach. She can be reached at [email protected].
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26 days ago

Would be useful for the VU Admin to address whether this means the original plan for residential colleges has been discarded.