Ongoing Campus Projects
Dougherty Engineering Building
The university is upgrading this building to improve safety and provide a series of modern instructional and research laboratories. An upgrade of the fire alarms, sprinklers, and electrical systems is expected to be complete by spring 2014. Over the next year, projects funded by the National Science Foundation, Eastman Chemical, and the university will provide research and instructional laboratories throughout the building.
Fred D. Brown Residence Hall
Construction is well underway on the first new residence hall in more than forty years. The hall will accommodate 700 men and women when it opens in 2014. The facility also is the first building on campus to be named for an African-American person. Brown was a longtime staff member who created the Office of Diversity Programs in the College of Engineering. Brown's work has had a significant impact on increasing diversity in the engineering profession.
Joint Institute for Advanced Materials (Cherokee Farm)
Construction on this facility, located south of the Tennessee River near Alcoa Highway, is underway. The 188-acre facility eventually will support sixteen research-oriented building sites.
New Residence Hall and Parking Garage
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 also are in place to expand Haslam Field on the site. Demolition of both Stokely and Gibbs should be complete by summer 2014.
New Student Union
The new Student Union will enhance services for our students and the entire community through a larger auditorium/performance venue; additional program, conference, and meeting space; a much larger ballroom for larger events and banquets; a new and expanded book and technology store; and more dining options.Phase one, now under way, includes the new book and technology store, Career Services office space, dining facilities, and other office space. Phase one is estimated to be complete in 2015.
The new Pedestrian Bridge will extend from Volunteer Boulevard to the Hill and is scheduled to open by Fall Semester 2014.
Sophronia Strong Hall
Work is underway on turning the vacant Sophronia Strong Hall into a large and modern science class and laboratory facility. The two-year, $114 million project marks the first big step in addressing the university’s need for general class and laboratory space. The new nine-story, 268,000-square-foot building will be home to the anthropology and earth and planetary sciences departments and also provide critical instruction and lab space for the general biology and chemistry departments.
Eleven houses are now occupied, and the Sorority Village Center administrative office is open. Two additional houses are under construction.