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.
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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.
UT is welcoming Vol fans and visitors to Rocky Top on Thursday, September 1, for a rare midweek start to the Volunteers’ football season.
A new residence hall and a new parking garage will open early next week as students return to campus for the fall semester.
The university is preparing for the fall semester and the beginning of classes on Wednesday, August 17.
A Jehovah’s Witnesses religious conference set for Friday, July 1, to Sunday, July 3, at Thompson-Boling Arena is expected to have a major impact on campus traffic and parking.
Estabrook Road is closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic at Lower Drive, and will reopen in approximately five weeks.
Several areas will be affected by construction and upgrade projects beginning this weekend.