UT Trustees To Consider Building Projects

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — State-funded building projects totaling more than $150 million are to be considered Thursday by the University of Tennessee board of trustees’ finance committee.

If approved by the full board Friday, the requests for fiscal year 2001 will be submitted to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the governor and the legislature.

Emerson Fly, UT executive vice president and vice president for business and finance, said the top-priority project is an engineering, math, and computer science facility at UT-Chattanooga, costing $28.8 million.

The board will be asked to approve capital projects and place them in priority order, Fly said. Priority recommendations are based on analysis of each project, relative need for it, THEC standards, and consensus of chancellor and vice presidents.

Second and third priority projects are the $12.4 million regional headquarters facility for the UT Institute of Agriculture and $20 million to renovate UT-Knoxville’s Glocker Business Building.

The largest project requested by UT for next year, fourth on UT’s priority list, is a College of Pharmacy building at UT-Memphis, costing an estimated $29 million.

Other state-funded capital outlay proposals include:
— Renovations costing $13.4 million for Estabrook Hall and $14.8 million for Ayres Hall at UT-Knoxville.
— $11.9 million for Brehm Animal Science Building, UT Institute of Agriculture.
— $10.7 million for a fine arts addition at UT-Martin.
— $9.3 million for the UT agriculture campus bridge relocation requirements.

UT also will ask the board to approve $38.3 million in projects to be funded by available non-state revenues. These include expansions, renovations, and improvements totaling $19.3 million at UT-Memphis; $9.5 million at UT-Chattanooga; $6.3 million at UT-Knoxville; $2.5 million at the Institute of Agriculture; and $800,000 at UT-Martin.