Current Campus Projects
The Course at Sewanee
Open for play June 2013 Read more
Completed December 2012 Read more
Opening August 2014 Read more
Sewanee Golf Course
The restoration of the Course at Sewanee is complete and is open for play. The newly shaped greens and re-contoured fairways look great and are playing tough. Reimagined by celebrated architect Gil Hanse, this nine-hole gem features stunning bluff views and a set of distinct alternate tees that makes it play like 18 holes. Along with the new indoor/outdoor practice facility and driving range, the Course at Sewanee is one of the preeminent collegiate training centers in the region.
When constructed in 1926, Cannon Hall was recognized as one of the finest dorms in the country, but years of heavy usage have seen the condition of the dorm decline. Refurbished as recently as 2005, Cannon just received a complete makeover. An old Sewanee favorite has become a key part of a new residential complex and strategy. A revitalized Cannon will be paired with a new residence hall, both of which will be joined by outdoor facilities: a firepit, an outdoor classroom, a rain garden, and other amenities, along with much needed HVAC. “We are hoping to revitalize the central campus with a significant student residential facility,” says Dean of Students Eric Hartman. “The new complex will give students what they want in new, modern facilities.” More than that, Cannon promises to be pioneering again, a key part of a Living/Learning Community, the latest development in residential life best practices.
The Sewanee Inn
In years past, Sewanee professors would leave the porch lights on at their homes to signal that they were available to meet with students to offer extra academic help, to discuss the morning’s lecture, or just to share a pleasant conversation. The new Sewanee Inn seeks to extend that tradition — to become the University’s porch light — by offering welcoming, comfortable, and familiar accommodations for alumni, families of prospective students, and other visitors to the Mountain.
With the historic Rebel's Rest guest cabin and the Sommer House, the new Sewanee Inn will provide a gateway to the University with elegant rooms and suites — and an amenities to fully meet the needs of conference organizers, individuals, and families.
Lucy T. & Herbert E. Smith Hall
Cannon Hall and Smith Hall are innovative teaching tools as well as important to revitalizing the central campus. They will be home to Finding Your Place, a new first-year program made possible by a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and launching in August 2013. So in addition to 41 doubles, eight singles, a community kitchen, and other normal amenities, the new residence hall features classroom space, studies for both quiet time and group work, easy access to Abbo's Alley and the great outdoors, conversation areas, and other facilities for students to dwell (and study) together in unity.
Last fall, Sewanee began to renew Montgomery Field. This three-phase project, when complete, will give Tiger baseball players a safe, competitive facility and will significantly upgrade the experience of fans. Phase 1 was completed in time for this year’s season. It included a complete upgrade of the playing surface, warning track, and outfield fence. Phase 2, currently underway, includes a fan pavilion with a concession stand, picnic area, and restrooms. The final piece of the project is a grandstand and press box.
Turf Athletic Fields
Sewanee has plans to upgrade two athletic facilities at McGee and Puett Fields with synthetic turf grass at both sites as well as lighting McGee Field — making it available for both games and practice. These upgraded fields will be of enormous benefit to the whole campus, but particularly to our scholar–athletes playing varsity football, men’s and women’s lacrosse, field hockey, and men’s and women’s soccer. Some of these sports teams will be able, for the first time, to perform regularly in a premier exhibition space because of the projects. All of them will benefit from playing on a safer surface that is durable enough to allow for camps and tournaments and all the kinds of activity that dramatically improve an athletics program over time.
Plans are currently underway to create a series of thematic housing options appealing to upper-class students and student leaders. We will build 3 new facilities that offer a total of 12 new thematic housing options. Collectively, the facilities will house over 108 students, with each townhouse unit housing 7-12 upper-class students in mostly single bedrooms with kitchen, living, and gathering space on the ground floor.
This project will provide upper-class students with quality residential and social space while empowering students to create co-curricular and social experiences that are responsive to their ever-changing social and intellectual interests.