Spring semester has arrived, and it’s now peak season for our efforts to transform our campus. Several ongoing projects will soon cross major milestones, while a few new upgrades will kick off later this spring.
Several improvements are being made to the Cumberland Avenue side of Ayres Hall and a primary pedestrian pathway to the Hill.
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.
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.
A section of Twentieth Street in front of the Shelbourne Towers building will close from early morning on Friday, August 1, through the evening of Tuesday, August 5. The road closure will allow work crews to remove utility connections in preparation for the demolition of the building.
UT Drive will close Thursday afternoon, July 24, and will reopen early Monday, July 28. The road, which connects Andy Holt Avenue and Volunteer Boulevard on the west side of campus, is closing to accommodate the annual Greater Knoxville Area Interclub Swimming Association competition taking place July 25 through 27 in the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.
A section of Lake Loudoun Boulevard will be reduced to one lane in each direction from July 21 to July 25 as construction crews conduct utility work in the area. From 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day, utility work will reduce the street to one lane in each direction just north of the intersection with Phillip Fulmer Way. All lanes of traffic will be open after 4:00 p.m.
From Friday, July 11, to Friday, July 25, the city of Knoxville will begin repaving work, which will reduce several roads around campus to one lane.
The new volleyball practice facility is being named the “Joan Cronan Volleyball Practice Facility” after Cronan, who spent three decades working for UT Athletics. The Board of Trustees approved the action on Thursday. Construction on the facility will be completed for the fall 2014 season.