UT Board to Consider Building, Maintenance Projects (450)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Construction and maintenance projects totaling $198.5 million for the 1999-2000 budget year will be considered this week in meetings of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees.

If approved by the board’s finance committee Thursday and the full board on Friday, the proposed projects go to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the state legislature for consideration.

The projects are slated for Memphis, Jackson, Martin, Columbia, Chattanooga and Knoxville. Most would require state funding, but $67.4 million of the work would be paid from other university revenues.

Two $28 million projects are proposed — a new engineering, math and computer science facility at UT-Chattanooga and a new building for the College of Pharmacy at UT-Memphis. Both projects would require state appropriations.

The largest project proposed for funding with other university revenues is an $18.8 million skybox addition to Neyland Stadium at UT-Knoxville.

UT President Joe Johnson said the proposed projects follow record funding by the state this year of $68 million for construction and maintenance at the university’s campuses and institutes.

“We are grateful to Gov. Don Sundquist and members of the General Assembly,” Johnson said. “With their help we are making progress on our project priority lists. Another year of strong support will keep the momentum going.”

Following, in priority order, is a list of the projects that would require state funding:

— Engineering, math and computer science facility at UT-Chattanooga.

— Regional headquarters facilities for the UT Institute of Agriculture in Columbia and Martin. Total cost, $11.6 million.

— Glocker Business Building renovation at UT-Knoxville, $11.1 million.

— College of Pharmacy building at UT-Memphis.

— Fine Arts Building addition at UT-Martin, $6.3 million.

— Estabrook Hall renovation for the College of Engineering at UT-Knoxville, $9.2 million.

— Ayres Hall renovation for the College of Arts and Sciences at UT-Knoxville, $14.1 million.

Morgan Hall renovation for the Institute of Agriculture in Knoxville, $11.2 million.

Projects proposed for construction using university revenues include the following:

— UT-Chattanooga, renovation of the University Center, $15 million; and student housing, $13.7 million.

— UT-Knoxville, roof replacement at Reese and Massey Halls (student housing), $700,000; Reese Hall shower renovation, $800,000; Laurel Apartments swimming pool renovation, $325,000; a new Black Cultural Center, $2 million; dining service improvements, $1.5 million; and the new skybox on the east side of Neyland Stadium .

— UT-Memphis, Family Practice Center in Jackson, renovation and addition, $1.8 million.

— UT Medical Center in Knoxville, surface parking improvements, $700,000; mechanical and electrical system improvements, $1 million; hospital space renovation, $5 million; Clinical Education Center building renovation, $1 million; and Emergency Department, phase two, $5 million.

There also are $11.3 million in maintenance projects at UT facilities statewide that would require state funding.

Contact: Eli Fly (423-974-2243)