New Business Building ‘Topping Off’ Celebration is March 2

WHAT: Topping Off celebration, with a ceremonial signing of the final beam that will be placed atop the new College of Business Administration building.

WHEN: 11:45 a.m., March 2.

WHERE: Top level of the University Center Plaza, overlooking the construction site.

MEDIA PARKING: In University Center garage (entrance on Phillip Fulmer Way). See Amy Blakely or Beth Gladden, UT Media Relations, for validation at event.

University of Tennessee Chancellor Loren Crabtree, College of Business Administration Dean Jan Williams and a member of the college’s Advisory Council will be among the speakers at the Topping Off celebration. Once they finish, they will sign the final beam to be placed atop the new College of Business Administration building.

At noon, the signed beam and a tree will be hoisted into place.

Prior to the ceremony, invited College of Business Administration faculty, staff and students, as well as invited builders and contractors, members of the college’s Executive Committee and Advisory Council, University and campus officials and legislators will sign the beam.

About the New Building

The college expects to move into the new 174,000-square-foot building in the fall semester 2008.

The façade of the former Glocker Building is being reconstructed to retain the original building’s heritage and legacy. Inside, though, the building will be distinctly modern, equipped for high-definition global teleconferencing, and with digital signage, wireless Internet access, and an advanced room access security and information system.

“This state-of-the-art business complex will reflect the level of educational distinction that the college has always delivered and help propel UT to a higher level of excellence,” Williams said.

The building will include 32 classrooms, more than 50 offices for staff and administration, 31 team rooms, four presentations rooms, a technology center, an Investment Center, an atrium and a glass elevator.

For artist renderings of the new building, a video tour of the new building and other information about the construction project, see the college’s Web site, http://bus.utk.edu.

Contacts:

Cindy Raines, (865) 974-4359, craines1@utk.edu
Amy Blakely, (865) 974-5034, amy.blakely@tennessee.edu