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Belmont University

R. Milton and Denise Johnson Center, The Academic and Dining Complex

Nashville, TN

R. Milton and Denise Johnson Center, The Academic and Dining Complex

This new LEED® Gold facility serves as the new home to Belmont University’s largest college: The Curb College of Music Business & Entertainment. Curb College includes a new motion pictures program, which requires several highly specialized and sound sensitive spaces; a 260-seat screening theater and sound mixing stage; a recording studio; sound and insert stages for television and movie production; and multiple computer labs for post-production editing. The complex also includes a 1,000-seat dining facility that triples the existing dining hall space. The building’s classical architectural style is in keeping with the campus vernacular.

ICT provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection design and construction administration for a four-story, 139,000 SF Dining and Academic building and six-story below grade, 1,000-space parking garage. The Academic and Dining Complex is the new home of the dining hall and Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.

  • 1000-seat dining
  • Classrooms
  • Screening rooms
  • Computer room
  • Private offices and work areas
  • Stages
  • Foley room
  • Color correction room
  • Full-service kitchen


  • LEED Gold
  • USGBC Innovative Design, New Construction Award
  • 120 geothermal wells for heating and cooling
  • Extensive green roof
  • Composting system for cafeteria waste

Project Highlights:

  • The addition of this complex completes the new academic quad, and the updated site design will transform a former service entrance into one of the university’s major pedestrian thoroughfares. 


139,000 SF


Belmont University


Earl Swensson Associates


LEED® Silver