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
UT students return to campus this week to the opening of two new academic facilities—the John D. Tickle Engineering Building and the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. It’s been sixty-four years since two all-new academic facilities greeted students for a new school year.
Scaffolding is in place and work is underway to repair the exterior of Andy Holt Tower. The work is expected to be complete by late spring 2014.
This summer, utility work on the new Student Union project will close several sections of Phillip Fulmer Way near Neyland Stadium. This week, a section of Phillip Fulmer Way between Middle Drive and Peyton Manning Pass will close until August.
A section of the western end of Andy Holt Avenue between Volunteer Boulevard and UT Drive will close this afternoon and will remain closed for the remainder of the week. Workers are filling in and repairing a sinkhole adjacent to Staff Lot 25 north of the Allan Jones Collegiate Aquatic Center.
KUB utility work will close lanes of traffic on the west side of the UT campus for the next several months. Water mains are being replaced along the west end of Volunteer Boulevard, Lake Avenue, Terrace Avenue, and Caledonia Avenue as well as several side streets in the area.
A section of Phillip Fulmer Way will be closed this weekend as a crane is moved into place to lift construction materials for the Student Union project.
Years of wear and tear topped off by damage from the April 2011 hailstorm have left the roofs of many campus buildings in need of repair. To speed the process along, Facilities Services has contracted with multiple companies so the repair work can happen simultaneously instead of one roof at a time.