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Montgomery Bell Academy

Founded in 1866, Montgomery Bell Academy (MBA) is an all-male college preparatory private school for grades 7 through 12.

In 2008, MBA retained Hastings in collaboration with Hodgson Douglas and Barge Cauthen and Associates to envision a new master plan for the 45-acre campus to accommodate growing enrollment. Since the completion of the Master Plan, Hastings has consistently worked with MBA on its implementation including a new Dining Hall, Lowry Hall, new music and art spaces at the Davis Building, and a new Field House.

Located at the eastern boundary of MBA’s Sloan quadrangle, the new 300-seat Dining Hall houses the school’s new dining facility along with eight new classrooms and a smaller formal dining room.

A two-story entry space features exposed wood trusses, wood and stone clad walls, limestone flooring and a large stone fireplace serves as vestibule and multi-function space for the school. A state-of-the-art servery and kitchen serves both dining rooms.

Lowry Hall, the school’s first LEED Gold Building, houses fourteen classrooms, dedicated offices, research rooms and a 160-seat mock trial/lecture hall designed for unamplified spoken word to support MBA’s award-winning debate program.

An inspiring, sculptural stair invites students and visitors into the visual arts spaces in the Davis Building. Hastings’ renovation of this space introduces dedicated pin-up space for gallery shows throughout the corridors, sky lights to the art studios, and new, more modern materials to the MBA campus.

After completing an update to the campus master plan that includes several new projects, Hastings located the new garage along the eastern boundary of the campus parallel to Wilson Boulevard. A new entrance and bridge from Wilson Boulevard serves as the main access to the garage and also provides service access to the new buildings.

In addition to providing 300 new parking spaces on campus, the synthetic turf TSSAA regulation soccer field sits atop the structure along with bleachers, restrooms and concession area. Inside the main level of the garage, maintenance offices, shop, and storage areas are located along with a rifle range that includes 20 air rifle lanes and 6 small bore rifle lanes.

Currently, we are working with MBA to implement the next phase of development which will include an auxiliary gym and field house, equipped with indoor and outdoor practice fields. Slated to be constructed over existing parking, Hastings is also helping to coordinate the acquisition of adjacent land for parking replacement.

Location
Nashville, Tennessee
Size
Master Plan: 45 acres
Dining Hall: 43,000 square feet, 300 seats
Lowry Hall: 41,000 square feet
Garage and Soccer Field: 150,000 square feet, 300 parking spaces
Fieldhouse: 200,000 square feet
Client
Montgomery Bell Academy
Recognition
LEED Gold (Lowry Hall)
LEED Gold (Dining Hall)
ULI Nashville, Excellence in Development Award
Masonry Institute of Tennessee, Merit Award


Photography
Jim Roof
Videography
Spirit of Space