The Commons in Hodges Library will undergo a major renovation this spring. Renovations will begin immediately following this semester’s final exams and continue for several months. The pay-off for some temporary inconvenience will be an updated facility that improves the Studio and provides more group study spaces, more natural light, and better organized services.
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New traffic signals have been installed at the intersection of Volunteer Boulevard and Peyton Manning Pass. The signals will help control the flow of campus traffic following the permanent closing of Andy Holt Avenue near the University Center. Motorists accessing the Staff 9 lot across the street from Neyland Stadium should enter the lot via Peyton Manning Pass.
Consulting engineers have determined that exterior repair work is needed on all four corners of McClung Tower, according to Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Services Dave Irvin. Workers discovered last month that a large section of concrete had separated from the bottom of McClung Tower’s second floor, on the west side of the building. The area will remain cordoned off as the university works to bid the job, which will be classified as an emergency repair.
Although construction is now under way on a new Student Union, restaurants and stores are still open for business inside the Carolyn P. Brown University Center. To remind the campus community of all the University Center amenities, a “construction fair” will take place from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on March 28, outside the Cumberland Avenue entrance of the UC. Attendees are invited to enjoy free food, drinks, and giveaway items from a variety of entities.
As construction projects continue to transform the campus, employees and visitors now can turn to one source for the latest information: the Cone Zone. Through the Cone Zone website and through signs located along roads and on university buildings, Cone Zone is designed to help people navigate the UT campus no matter if they are walking, driving, parking, or using public transportation.
Due to the closure of a section of Andy Holt Avenue near the University Center, changes will be made to The T Transit System, effective Sunday, March 25, 2012.
Campus visitors, especially those going to the University Center, will be directed to park at Volunteer Hall on White Avenue. The T: North-South and The T: Late Nite buses run along White Avenue with a stop located across from the Volunteer Hall garage entrance. Visitors can catch those routes to reach the University Center.
More parking has been added for commuter students, effective Monday, March 26. The Convention Center surface parking lot (also called the Poplar Lot), located on Poplar Street and Henley Street across the railroad tracks just east of the Hill, will accommodate UT commuter students from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday during the academic year.
The big changes on campus promised by UT’s new Student Union project will start tomorrow, March 17, as workers begin demolishing the University Center parking garage. ATM machines from the adjacent “money wall” were removed earlier this week.
The “Money Wall,” the line of automatic teller machines on the side of the University Center parking garage, will close as early as Wednesday in preparation for the demolition of the parking garage—the first step in the construction of a new Student Union.