Cumberland University


CU Building Project Featured in National Publication

March 2014 - 

A Cumberland University building project was recently featured in a national trade publication showcasing how the institution is on the leading edge when it comes to transforming higher education learning experiences.


Building Design + Construction University is a magazine for architects and developers who specialize in the commercial, industrial, and institutional markets. The March issue focused on building trends that are taking place on college campuses and highlighted how Cumberland University repurposed a residence hall turning it into the Learning and Career Commons.

The L&CC is an interactive learning space designed to turn on when the traditional classroom is turned off, a trend that is beginning to surface at smaller liberal arts colleges and universities across the country. The facility accommodates small and large study groups, mock interview scenarios, life and career coaching, mentoring and much more.

The L&CC has already proven its worth as students have taken advantage of the assortment of spaces available for learning activities, the comfortable atmosphere, and the flexible hours of the facility not to mention the numerous external groups that have used the space as well.

The project originated through discussions of various members of the campus community including students, faculty, staff and administrators.  It was designed and constructed by Earl Swensson Associates.