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KNOXVILLE — A topping-off celebration, with a ceremonial signing of the final beam that will be placed atop the new College of Business Administration building, will be held March 2 on the University of Tennessee campus.

All activities will take place on the top level of the University Center Plaza, overlooking the construction site.

Invited faculty and staff from the College of Business Administration faculty will sign the beam from 8:30-9:45 a.m. that morning. Invited students from the dean’s advisory board and undergraduate and graduate organizational officers will sign from 10-10:45 a.m. From 11-11:45 a.m., a series of invited dignitaries will sign the beam. They will include builders and contractors, members of the College of Business Administration’s executive committee and advisory council, university and campus officials, and legislators.

At 11:45 a.m., a brief ceremony will be held. UT Chancellor Loren Crabtree, college Dean Jan Williams and a member of the college’s Advisory Council will be among the speakers.

At noon, the signed beam and a tree will be hoisted into place atop the building.

The college expects to move into the new 174,000-square-foot building at the corner of Andy Holt Avenue and Volunteer Boulevard in the fall semester 2008.

The façade of the former Glocker Building is being reconstructed to retain the original building’s heritage and legacy. Inside, though, the building will be distinctly modern, equipped for high-definition global teleconferencing, and with digital signage, wireless Internet access, and an advanced room access security and information system.

“This state-of-the-art business complex will reflect the level of educational distinction that the college has always delivered and help propel UT to a higher level of excellence,” Williams said.

The building will include 32 classrooms, more than 50 offices for staff and administration, 31 team rooms, four presentations rooms, a technology center, an investment center, an atrium and a glass elevator.

For artist renderings of the new building, a video tour of the new building and other information about the construction project, see the college’s Web site:


Amy Blakely, (865) 974-5034,
Cindy Raines, (865) 974-4359,