Students, staff, and current and retired faculty, along with friends of the university, gathered Friday to celebrate the official opening of Strong Hall, UT’s newest state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory building.
All lanes of eastbound Volunteer Boulevard between Pat Head Summitt Street and Lake Loudoun Boulevard will be closed from 6 a.m. to noon Friday for paving.
The campus community is invited to celebrate the official opening of Strong Hall at 3 p.m. Friday, September 8, in the Strong Hall Atrium, 1621 Cumberland Avenue.
UT’s innovative Strong Hall, the university’s first general classroom and lab building in many years, is among several new additions and upgrades awaiting the campus community for the new academic year. The building opened for summer classes in June.
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 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.
A new residence hall and a new parking garage will open early next week as students return to campus for the fall semester.