By Lacie Blankenship
Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management held an intimate ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, April 21, 2023, to celebrate the largest renovation and expansion project in the history of Management Hall.
Alumnus Matt Peterson (MBA’94), Alumni Board Chair, welcomed attendees to the event, and Vanderbilt Chancellor Daniel Diermeier, spoke on the promising future of Vanderbilt Business. Other alumni speakers included David Ingram (MBA’89), Owen Graduate School of Management Board of Visitors Chair, and Neil Ramsey (MBA’83), both echoing sentiments of ambition and appreciation for Vanderbilt Business. All speakers noted Dean M. Eric Johnson’s momentum in pushing the school forward.
Dean Johnson concluded the speaking session of the event with a champagne toast, recognizing the strategic collaboration during the design and building processes, the strength of the community and alumni involvement, and his excitement for the next 50 years of Vanderbilt Business.
Management Hall is the first donor-led building project in Vanderbilt’s history, conducted in partnership between Vanderbilt and Owen Graduate School of Management, with a notable contribution from the Owen Century Partners. The building encompasses 48,000 square feet, grew Management Hall’s footprint by 50%, and features 40+ named spaces recognizing generous alumni donors. The building houses the named spaces for the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures and the Vanderbilt Center for Entrepreneurship, showcasing the trans-institutional opportunities available to Vanderbilt students.
Built by Barton Malow, Management Hall is designed to achieve LEED Gold Certification. The project exceeded 20% minority construction spending, an intentional effort for Vanderbilt Business to partner with underrepresented business enterprises.
The renovated building is outward-focused and features floor-to-ceiling windows. It enhances the 21st Avenue corner of campus and unites Vanderbilt Business with the Nashville community.