Construction on the new Student Union project is progressing well and on schedule. The six-story structure has been formed from steel, and workers are pouring the concrete floors. A new pedestrian bridge is being built and will provide a new connection to the Hill by this fall. The first phase of work is set for completion by spring 2015.
Work has begun on the demolition of Stokely Athletics Center and Gibbs Hall. The university is making way for a new residence hall and dining facility and parking garage on the site at the corner of Volunteer and Lake Loudoun Boulevards. Plans are also in place to expand Haslam Field on the site. Abatement work has started on Stokely and Johnny Majors Drive has been closed to through traffic as part of the planned demolition.
Work is resuming to repair the exterior of Andy Holt Tower. With the end of classes for the fall semester, security fences have been placed around the base of the tower to protect the work site.
A section of Phillip Fulmer Way from Cumberland Avenue to Middle Drive will close on Monday, December 16, as part of the ongoing Student Union construction project. Vehicles still will be able to access Middle Drive and the Hill by turning right from northbound Phillip Fulmer Way next to Neyland Stadium.
Cable television service to campus buildings will be interrupted for much of the day Thursday as work crews move the existing fiber optic cables to accommodate the construction of the new Student Union. The outage will start at 8:00 a.m. Thursday, November 21, and will last a minimum of eight hours.
A section of Circle Drive on the Hill in front of the Science and Engineering Research Facility will close from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, November 16.
The University of Tennessee is welcoming fans of the legendary rock group the Eagles, who will perform at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 13, in Thompson-Boling Arena. The sold-out concert will bring more than 16,000 guests to campus, affecting traffic and parking.
The west-side entrance to the University Center at Smokey’s Cafeteria will reopen on Monday, November 4, as part of the ongoing Student Union construction project. The entrance was closed earlier this year during the demolition of Temple Court and Aconda Court. To encourage students and employees to use the west-side entrance, ARAMARK will be at the door on Monday giving out coupons and discounts for diners.
Crew members from UT Facilities Services and Anderson Lumber Company worked tirelessly into the night last weekend to finish lifting construction materials onto the roof of the John C. Hodges Library.
The university is moving forward with plans to demolish Stokely Athletics Center and Gibbs Hall to make way for a new parking garage, residence hall and dining facility, and the expansion of the football practice fields. The State Building Commission approved demolition plans today for Stokely and Gibbs so that work can begin early next year. The commission will consider project budgets and proposed building locations at its October meeting. The goal is to have Stokely and Gibbs removed by summer 2014