The Volunteer Boulevard Project will start the second phase of its makeover on Monday, May 29. The project involves extending the improvements that were made to Volunteer Boulevard from Fraternity Park to the Student Health Center over the past year.
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With good weather and fewer people on campus, summer provides the perfect time for UT to tackle campus road projects, and this year is no exception. Almost half of Volunteer Boulevard, which runs through the heart of the campus, will be impacted this summer.
Faculty and staff have begun moving into the new Strong Hall, a state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory building. The facility’s innovative design has already piqued the interest of universities around the country.
The Student Union will close from 7 a.m. Monday, May 15, through 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 17, as part of the construction work on Phase 2 of the building.
A pair of water-related issues forced temporary closures of a parking garage and of Volunteer Boulevard late Wednesday.
UT has scheduled several campus construction and repair projects to take place during spring break, March 13–17, when pedestrian and vehicle traffic are at reduced levels.
The spring semester brings several big campus improvement milestones, beginning with the opening of the new Stokely Family Residence Hall. Inside the building, the Fresh Food Company, a new POD Market, and a Starbucks WPS open today to all students, faculty, staff and visitors. Jamba Juice, also serving Starbucks coffee, in TRECS opens today. Strong Hall, a state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory building on Cumberland Avenue, will open its doors in mid-March.
UT is set to begin a new phase of renovation work at Thompson-Boling Arena in January, most notably overhauling locker room facilities used for athletic and special events at the thirty-year-old riverfront venue.
Four construction projects at UT have been honored by American School and University magazine as examples of the best in design among colleges and universities. “We’re pleased with the recognition,” said Dave Irvin, associate vice chancellor for facilities services. “Two of our projects, Strong Hall and the Stokely Family Residence Hall, aren’t even finished yet and they’re earning national praise, which is thrilling,” he said.
Beginning Tuesday, September 6, a Knoxville city contractor will be excavating and removing buried pre-World War II trolley tracks from the center of Cumberland Avenue—a task that will require a ten-day around-the-clock lane shift plus overnight closures of the westbound lane of Cumberland.