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Welch College Campus - a Christian Bible College in Gallatin, Tennessee

Last week American School and University Magazine released its 2019 “Architectural Portfolio,” which awarded Welch College’s new campus its “Outstanding Design” citation, according to President Matt Pinson.

Joe Agron, the magazine’s editor, said the annual “Architectural Portfolio” issue “has showcased the best of education facilities for more than 35 years. As the first, largest, and most prestigious education facilities awards competition, it is the ultimate resource to find examples of learning spaces that you can glean ideas from for your next construction project. With more than 100 projects featured, this year’s competition exhibits some of the best in education facilities planning, design, and construction.”

Pinson said, “We’re delighted to have been selected, along with 35 other colleges and universities, from among the thousands of recent construction projects in higher education, for this prestigious publication that focuses on academic architecture and construction.”

Welch moved to Gallatin from its previous campus on West End Avenue after 75 years because of steep land prices and strict zoning ordinances that prohibited expansion. In late 2017 it completed construction on phase one of the completely new campus in the growing suburban-Nashville community of Gallatin and Sumner County.

The design team consisted of Jim Sherrer, Jr., the CEO of the architectural firm in charge of the project, Design Development Architects of Raleigh, North Carolina. Sherrer’s staff, including Tom Wells, Jonathan Medlin, T. J. Mulder, and Trevor Cundiff, were joined by historical design consultant Michael Marzialo of Nashville. The architectural team was assisted by Fluhrer-Reed Structural Engineers of Raleigh, NC; Crenshaw Consulting Engineers of Raleigh; and Civil Design Consultants of Nashville. Focus Design Builders of Wake Forest, North Carolina, was the general contractor, while SouthLand Constructors of Brentwood, Tennessee, served as project manager.

“We are thankful to Jim Sherrer and his team at Design Development, as well as historical design consultant Michael Marzialo,” Pinson said. “Jim and the staff at Design Development were so easy to work with. They held our hands through the entire project and made this a wonderful campus that will give glory to God for years to come.”

To see the “Architectural Portfolio,” see pages 97-98 at https://secure.viewer.zmags.com/publication/8492d42a#/8492d42a/97. To give to the Building on the Legacycampaign to fund the new campus, visit https://welch.edu/give/building-on-the-legacy/.

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