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Campus expansion, improvement continued in 2020 despite obstacles

Significant new facilities bring additional value to academics, student life and Lipscomb Academy

Lipscomb Academy


Janel Shoun-Smith | 615.966.7078

Originally posted on Jan. 15.

The Lipscomb campus was unusually quiet this spring and summer, but even so construction continued on several key projects designed to bring greater value to university and Lipscomb Academy students this school year.

University students are enjoying additional garage parking, a completely renovated residence hall and upgrades in classroom buildings including specialized labs. Academy students at the lower school are not only enjoying a $16.5 million addition of 23,5900-square-feet of space but also  upgrades to the existing Brewer Campus building.

Elam Hall

Elam hall exterior

Elam Hall, one of Lipscomb’s oldest residence halls and today’s home for freshman women, received a soup-to-nuts renovation this summer with new wiring, plumbing, air conditioning, walls and exterior facade.

Elam Hall demo room

Admissions set up a preview room this fall to highlight the improved building.

Expanded Elam lobby

The expanded lobby and versatile furniture give Elam residents a more comfortable location to gather, socialize, study or participate in events.

New bathroom in Elam

Elam hall now has an elevator and community bathrooms have been replaced with 33 individual bathrooms.

North Parking Garage

North  campus parking garage

A new 396-spot parking garage serving the north side of campus opened in August in time to serve the thousands of students returning to campus.

McFarland Science Center

An updated lab in McFarland

The renovation has improved and expanded laboratory-prep rooms in both the principles of biology laboratory and the natural history lab, and small spaces have been repurposed for more efficient faculty use.

An updated classroom in McFarland

Over the past two summers, $3 million in renovation has upgraded the top three floors of McFarland with a new air conditioning system and new flooring, ceilings, lighting, paint, whiteboards and teacher stations.

Lipscomb Academy Brewer Campus

Brewer Campus new building exterior

The lower school’s Brewer Campus has an inviting new entrance at the corner of Harding Place and Granny White Pike.

Solly School exterior

The expansion has a designated space for the new Solly School, to provide special education and support services for students with special needs.

New learning commons at Academy

The existing library has been transformed into a larger, more collaborative learning commons that will include a hands-on makerspace.

New cafeteria at Academy lower school

The new construction included a new dining hall and kitchen for the lower school students.

Data Analytics Lab

Data analytics lab

The College of Business debuted a new data analytics lab for students in the Swang Business Center, designed as a hub for the study of and collaborative projects in data analytics.

Athletics Fueling Station

Athletics nutrition fueling station

The fueling station has been specifically designed to educate Lipscomb student-athletes about nutrition and healthy eating habits.

Students enjoying the athletics fueling station

The fueling station provides dietary and nutritional support at times and locations that meet student-athletes' demanding schedules.