NASHVILLE, TN — The 80,000
square-foot campus center under construction
at Meharry Medical College is a boon
not only for students, but for the entire
North Nashville Community.
More than 1,000 people will be employed
during the Cal Turner Family Center
at Meharry Medical College. Construction
of the $25 million facility, located in
the middle of Meharry’s campus, began in
December 2012 and the facility is expected
to be complete in August 2014.
Construction contracts have been
awarded with more than 40 percent of construction
contract dollars being awarded to
minority-owned businesses, according to
Don Hardin, president of Hardin Group,
project manager for the development.
Carolyn McHaney-Waller, Interim
President of the Nashville Black Chamber
of Commerce, said under the leadership of
Meharry’s president, Dr. Wayne J. Riley,
the institution continues to offer a main
stream of opportunity to North Nashville
as well as the greater Nashville area.
“Along with having the reputation as a
stellar educational institution producing
some of the finest medical professionals
in the country, Meharry also supports the
local community by providing a wealth
of employment opportunities as well as
economic commerce through support of
businesses in the community,” McHaney-
In addtion to the 1,000 people who will
be employed on the construction site of
the Turner Center, 200 people will be employed
on the construction site of Meharry’s
renovation of historic Hulda Margaret
Lyttle Hall and another 350 people will be
employed on the construction site of Meharry’s
new student apartments.
Robert Poole, senior vice president for
Institutional Advancement at Meharry
Medical College, said Meharry is investing
in its community.
“One of the best ways to drive development
in a city is for institutions to be the
catalyst,” Poole said.
Poole said Meharry is growing physically
because it is growing programmatically.
The college plans to start a new Physician
Assistant program in 2016 in the School of
Graduate Studies and Research and also
hopes to increase class sizes in the School
of Medicine and the School of Dentistry.
The Turner Center will help Meharry
accommodate its future growth. It is
named for philanthropist and Dollar General
Founder Cal Turner Jr. who helped jump
start the project with a $3 million lead gift.
The Turner Center will be a one-stop-shop
for students that houses all student
services including admissions, the registrar’s
office, financial aid, the campus
bookstore, and a campus information booth
on the first-floor. It will also include board
rooms, a 500-seat auditorium and a ballroom
that will accommodate up to 500
guests for banquets and other functions.
It will include conference rooms and will
have the latest technology to help students
and faculty facilitate on site and remote
learning opportunities such as conferences
The Turner Center is part of a larger
campus revitalization project that includes
$100 million in campus renovations, upgrades,
improvements and additions that
began in 2007 and will be completed in
2014. Other projects include construction of
New Alumni Hall, renovations to the S. S.
Kresge Learning Resource Center, restoration
of Lyttle Hall, and construction of new
student apartments on Morena Street.
The Turner Center is Meharry’s largest
and most visible project and it is quickly
starting to take its shape. The foundation
work is nearly completed and construction
crews will soon begin installing the concrete
to support the walls. The project manager
for the Turner Center is Don Hardin
Group and the Architect is Moody Nolan.
“We’ve had a great start,” Hardin said.
“We are right on schedule.”