The University of Tennessee completes several major construction projects; however, there is still work to do

The University of Tennessee completes several major construction projects; however, there is still work to do

Students and faculty of UT have finally seen some of the vast construction on campus pay off,  but only half the work is done with many new projects on the way.

Completed Beautification of Volunteer Boulevard. Photo by Andy Brock

Several projects around the campus of the University of Tennessee are finally completed and are already affecting student life. These developments range from student living, academics, and simple campus grooming. These new improvements include:

  • Brand new Sophronia Strong Hall completed in May of 2017, serves as laboratories and classrooms for students and office buildings for many faculty.  Strong Hall is predominately occupied by departments of anthropology, biology, chemistry, and earth and planetary sciences
  • The Cumberland Avenue renovation has been a much anticipated and arduous process, but the beautification is complete, creating a more appealing, pedestrian-friendly road for students.
  • Stokely Family Residence Hall was opened January 9th, 2017 serving as homes for many students and student-athletes. The hall’s new dining area, fresh food company, also opened for students campus-wide. Beautification of Volunteer Boulevard outside of Stokely Hall was just recently completed before the new Semester adding a fresh feel to one of the more popular places on campus.

More changes to the campus are expected and are already in motion as Tennessee continues to lay the groundwork for bigger and better projects

  • One of the bigger, more noticeable ongoing projects on campus is the development of the Student Union Phase II. Phase I was completed in 2015, providing a place for students to relax, eat and work on homework in-between classes. Phase II will enhance services for students and the community through auditoriums, conference and meeting rooms, book and technology stores, and more places to eat.
  • Construction is also moving fast with Phase 3 of the West Campus Housing project. These two new dorms should be completed in January 2018 housing 872 beds. On top of this, a new dining facility, with a seating capacity of 1,160, will be built where old Humes Hall used to stand as another dining option for students. This is set for completion around spring 2020.
  • Several Athletic facilities are receiving an upgrade across campus. Thompson-Boling Arena is scheduled soon for a reroofing project and other external repairs. Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium is reconfiguring its infield and improving the irrigation system for the safety of the runners.