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UT alumnus and Strongwell Corp. founder John D. Tickle will help dedicate the new engineering building named in his honor, a state-of-the art and much-needed addition to UT’s fastest-growing college.

The university community is invited to attend. The dedication will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 4 at the John D. Tickle Engineering Building on Neyland Drive.

Tickle and his wife, Ann, will join Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek, President Joe DiPietro, and other officials to celebrate the building.

The $23.1 million, five-story, 110,000-square-foot building houses the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Industrial and Systems Engineering Department. The project began in December 2009. The building opened to students this semester.

The building contains 24 laboratories, three conventional classrooms, one lecture hall, three student work spaces, and 63 faculty and graduate student offices. The laboratories include a high-bay area for both structural testing and asphalt road surface testing. There is also a geotechnical laboratory. The three classrooms promote collaborative learning through the use of movable chairs and Smart Boards.

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