Students arriving on the UT Knoxville campus this week can expect a few changes in the university’s housing and dining offerings.
One residence hall has closed and new eateries have been added to Presidential Court and the University Center.
University Housing made upgrades to many student residence halls, and closed Greve Hall, a men’s dorm located on Volunteer Boulevard. The residence accommodated 382 students.
UT added 709 more undergraduate housing units in 2007 with the purchase of Knoxville Place, which reopened in the fall of 2008 as Volunteer Hall. Laurel Residence Hall was converted from graduate and family housing to undergraduate housing and also reopened in the fall of 2008. Over the past few years, UT has closed several of the older residence halls, including Sophronia Strong and Melrose halls in the spring of 2008.
Greve Hall opened in 1956 and was originally known as West Hall. The residence housed only women. West Hall was renamed Greve Hall in 1963, in honor of former Dean of Women Harriet Greve. The hall first housed male students in 1971 when it was used for overflow from the other men’s residence halls. The building closed due to economic reasons that spring and reopened as a men’s residence hall in the fall of 1972.
Upgrades to residence halls include new fire suppression sprinkler systems installed in Humes and Reese halls, and new security camera systems added to Clement and Massey halls.
Several Campus Dining improvements can be seen at Presidential Court.
The top floor of the Presidential Court Building, renamed the “PCB Café,” has been transformed into a state-of-the-art dining location featuring an International Grille, a Southern Kitchen, a Chop House, a produce/deli counter, a pizza and pasta bar and a coffee and bakery area. PCB Café opens for business today.
The ground floor of the building also has been remodeled, with an International House of Pancakes restaurant, a Subway sandwich shop and an expanded PCB Grocery Store.
At the University Center, the Rocky Top Café now will feature Chick-fil-A and Petro’s Chili and Chips. The Asian stir-fry restaurant soon will become a sushi bar. The Rocky Top Café, along with the ground floor of Presidential Court Building, opened for arriving students Saturday, Aug. 15.