With spring commencement ceremonies concluded, the pace is picking up on construction and road projects across campus.
A section of Volunteer Boulevard from Melrose Avenue to Peyton Manning Pass will close from June to August as part of the final phase of the Volunteer Boulevard streetscape project. Read more about the many campus streets that will close or have reduced lanes during the summer.
The Ken and Blaire Mossman Building on Cumberland Avenue is in the final stages of construction. Faculty and staff will begin moving into the building this summer, and the first classes will be held in the building in the fall. The building will house portions of microbiology, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, psychology, and nutrition, along with lab space and classrooms.
“It looks like we’re going to be on time and under budget on the Mossman project,” said Andy Powers, Facilities Services director of design services. “The teams did a great job working with faculty and staff to make the building happen.”
Fencing will go up in June around the site of the new Engineering Services Facility on the east and south sides of Neyland Stadium. Estabrook Hall, Berry Hall, Pasqua Hall, and the Biology Annex on Neyland Drive will be removed, and construction will begin on the new home of UT’s freshman engineering program and the Department of Nuclear engineering. Work is tentatively set to finish in 2021.
“The idea is to have a cohesive design, matching the stadium with the new engineering building,” Powers said.
The new Terrace Avenue parking garage opens in the fall, featuring 850 spaces for commuter students and employees. The garage will offer shared parking in the evenings for patrons of businesses along Cumberland Avenue.
Work continues on the West Campus Redevelopment project, with the next two residence halls set to open in the fall of 2019.
Powers said many projects won’t be obvious during the summer but are just as important. More than 70 classrooms across campus will receive new furniture, new paint and trim, and audio and video technology improvements.
Other projects include $2 million in energy and sustainability work such as undergrounding utilities along Lake Loudoun Boulevard, Phillip Fulmer Way, and Chamique Holdsclaw Drive; adding LED lighting to parking garages; and building storm water gardens to better control and channel rainwater runoff.
For more information on campus construction projects, visit the Cone Zone website.
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