The landscape continues to change at UTC as several campus buildings are renovated and plans for more changes are announced.
“Construction is the sign of a vibrant, progressive campus that’s alive with activity. We recognize that sometimes it causes an inconvenience, but renovations and new buildings are necessary to keep the campus moving forward,” Chuck Cantrell, UTC Associate Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communication, said, “We want to provide the best learning and living environment possible for our students.”
Update on library construction
The new UTC library is nearing completion and scheduled to open in January 2015. Construction of the building is nearly finished and furniture delivery is underway. Installation of telecommunications, swipe card access, and security video will begin at the end of the month. The process of moving the collections from the Lupton Library will begin after the fall 2014 semester.
Upcoming green space
Work on a green space filled with sidewalks, trees, and pedestrian lighting to connect the new library with Chamberlain Pavilion will begin in October. Built in 2013, Chamberlain Pavilion reflects the architecture of the former stadium and incorporates building elements from the original structure. The pavilion pays tribute to the University’s winning traditions and stands as a beautiful new gateway to Chamberlain Field and the new library.
New residence hall construction
A new residence hall complex is tentatively scheduled to begin construction in May 2015. The residence hall will be located near Boling Apartments and McKenzie Arena. The building is projected to house an additional 600 students. This project is currently in the initial design phase.
New home for UTC Criminal Justice Department
This year, the University added a 15,914 square foot building on the corner of McCallie Avenue and Palmetto Street. The former home of the Chattanooga chapter of the American Red Cross, the building now houses offices, classrooms, and laboratories for the UTC Department of Criminal Justice. Repairs to the roof, heating and air, and the electrical system were completed over the summer.