Payne Hall to undergo modernization, transformative renovation

Payne Hall

Payne Hall, which is on Vanderbilt’s Peabody College campus, will undergo an extensive interior renovation and modernization of the building’s systems starting in summer 2024.  

“Payne Hall has long been home to Peabody College’s acclaimed programs in leadership and policy,” said Camilla P. Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development. “We are excited to revitalize this historic building for a new era of innovative scholarship, collaboration and teaching.” 

Built in the early 1950s, Payne Hall historically housed many of Peabody’s classrooms and faculty offices. The last major renovation of Payne Hall was an interior renovation and upgrade to the mechanical systems in 1986.  

“We are excited about the transformative renovation of Payne Hall as part of our continuing infrastructure improvement plan,” said Eric Kopstain, vice chancellor for administration. “Aligned with the goals of FutureVU, Payne’s modern new design will provide facilities that meet the evolving and innovative needs of our collaborative Vanderbilt campus.” 

Key features of this project are: 

  • Bringing the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations and its research under one roof 
  • Embracing the historic character of Peabody’s architecture while setting a vision for the future 
  • Creating a physical representation of Peabody’s vision of One Vanderbilt by
    • building collaboration and community that promotes more research and improves teaching 
    • creating a welcoming environment that fosters belonging 
    • leveraging diverse perspectives to help solve today’s pressing problems 
    • developing a culture that values the team over the individual, which is critical to the One Vanderbilt approach 
    • creating complementary connections to the recently renovated 6 Magnolia Circle and Mayborn Buildings 

To achieve these goals and vision, the construction project will include upgrading office and classroom spaces, updating systems such as HVAC and elevators, replacing the roof and windows, restoring the historic masonry including below-grade waterproofing, and site improvements to address accessibility issues in and around the building.  

The anticipated completion of the project is spring 2026.  

Questions about the construction at Payne Hall? Please email to contact Campus Planning and Construction.