Big changes are already taking place at the UT Steam Plant as part of its ongoing conversion project. The project, which began in March, includes the elimination of coal use at the plant through the replacement of the plant’s coal-fired boilers with high-efficiency, natural gas/fuel oil boilers.
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Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Services Dave Irvin spoke with the News Sentinel about the new pedestrian bridge over Phillip Fulmer Way and other campus upgrades and construction projects that will greet students returning for classes tomorrow.
Several adjustments were made to faculty and staff parking earlier this month, in preparation for the new academic year.
Students and faculty returning to Rocky Top next week can expect to see several large transformations to campus. Most notable are the new Fred D. Brown Jr. Residence Hall and the new pedestrian bridge connecting the Johnson-Ward Pedestrian Walkway to the Hill. A new location to eat and shop will open along Cumberland Avenue, just in time for the Volunteers’ home opener game on August 31.
The Fred D. Brown Jr. Residence Hall, the first residence hall built in forty-five years at UT, will open its doors next week to about 700 undergraduate students. The residence hall boasts state-of-the-art technology and an environmentally conscious living space. The opening of the new hall will assist UT in accommodating a larger residential population – 7,400 students will live on campus this year.
With the completion of the Alpha Omicron Pi and Delta Gamma houses, Sorority Village on Morgan Hill is now complete—just in time for sorority recruitment. Women begin moving in to the two houses next week. Now that the development’s thirteen houses are complete, 535 women will live at Sorority Village
Traffic on Pat Head Summitt Street between Volunteer Boulevard and Johnny Majors Drive is southbound only now through August 29.
Staff lot 5 will be closed from Monday, August 4, to Wednesday, August 6, while repairs are made to the Neyland Stadium Jumbotron. This lot is located under the Gate 10 ramp on the south end of Neyland Stadium. On Thursday, August 7, the crane being used for the repairs will be moved to the
A section of Phillip Fulmer Way from Middle Drive to Peyton Manning Pass will be closed all day Sunday, July 27, to remove asphalt in preparation for repaving. On Wednesday, July 30, the same section of Phillip Fulmer Way will close at 1:00 p.m. for the new paving, and will reopen to two-way traffic that evening.
Continuing work on the Strong Hall construction site will close the nearby pedestrian bridge over Cumberland Avenue on August 6 for the fall and spring semesters. A reopening date has not yet been set.