News Sentinel: UT to invest millions in campus beautification

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The Knoxville News Sentinel featured an effort by UT to add greenery and amenities to increase curb appeal. The project is part of an immediate face lift that will bring greenery to Volunteer Blvd., Presidential Court, landscape the engineering buildings behind Ayres Hall, add entrance pillars to Fraternity Park, and extend the existing pedestrian mall. “We don’t want to do a gradual improvement, although that would be great. What we really want to do is a quantum leap that transforms the view of this campus,” said Dave Irvin, associate vice chancellor for facilities. “That kind of quantum leap would set up a synergy of success that would begin to feed other projects, begin to help in terms of recruitment of students, recruitment of faculty, accelerated donations.”

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