Many changes and ongoing projects will greet new and returning students and their families arriving on campus this weekend for move-in day. Some roads have been narrowed or closed since the spring, while others have been widened and reopened. Work continues on the new Student Union, a new residence hall, the new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, the John Tickle Engineering Building, and development of Sorority Village at Morgan Hill.
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Several changes and additions have been made to UT’s parking inventory for fall semester in order to accommodate students, faculty, and staff during campus construction.
Students starting class next week will find a newly remodeled Humanities and Social Sciences Building, complete with more modern furnishings and high-tech facilities. The building features newly configured classrooms with brightly colored chairs that are set on wheels and spin in all directions, smart boards, new carpet and fresh paint with bold accent walls.
By the fall of 2014, UT will have its first new residence hall in forty years. The new residence hall, on Andy Holt Avenue at the corner of Melrose Avenue, will house 700 undergraduate men and women in two-person suites and four-person super suites. The suites are double occupancy rooms with a shared bathroom. The super suites are arranged similarly, but connect to a common living room and shared bathroom.
Significant improvements to the Knoxville campus are underway and will continue throughout this next year, thanks to $11 million from the state for capital maintenance projects, storm insurance settlements, and $12.5 million in campus funds. Campus funds had already been designated to accelerate plans for addressing sorely needed repairs to many campus buildings. State funds will help the university address even more of its deferred maintenance needs and make needed repairs and renovations to more campus buildings.
A section of Melrose Avenue in front of Hess Hall and Hodges Library will close from Thursday, July 26, to Friday, August 3, for repaving and site enhancements.
The News Sentinel reports that UT has been ratcheting up its construction projects across campus this summer: $16.5 million in campus and state funding, plus insurance settlements from the 2011 hailstorm, will pay to replace or repair as many as 100 roofs, including Andy Holt Tower, Ceramics Annex, Kingston Pike Building and Biosystems Engineering and Soil Sciences Office Building.
The beloved Rock on the UT campus will be fenced off for approximately one month beginning today. The campus landmark, located at the corner of Volunteer Boulevard and Pat Summitt Street, will be blocked off for its own protection—and that of would-be painters—while crews perform necessary work around the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. The Rock and its new surrounding sidewalks are expected to reopen before students return to campus.
Peyton Manning Pass will be closed most of next week to through traffic for milling and paving. The work will commence at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, July 2, and is scheduled to continue through Thursday, July 5. The Peyton Manning Pass work will coincide with the closure of most of Staff Lot 9 which will be unavailable July 2–9 while workers conduct a series of archaeological digs beneath the parking lot.
Almost all of Staff Lot 9 west of Neyland Stadium will be closed from July 2 through July 9, as workers conduct a series of archaeological digs beneath the parking lot. The excavations are part of preparing the site for the construction of a proposed parking garage.