Trustees approve law school renovation
The renovation and enlargement of the law building got final approval of UT
The legislature has appropriated the money to finance the $19.55 million
project, $700,000 of which was approved two years ago. The balance of
$18.85 million will be raised through the sale of state bonds.
The UT board of trustees' finance committee Wednesday also recommended the
board proceed with the following projects funded by the Legislature:
*Renovation of Fletcher Hall at UT-Chattanooga, $7.9 million.
*Building the Institute of Agriculture's swine unit headquarters building,
*Three maintenance projects at UT-Knoxville, and one each at Chattanooga,
Martin and the UT Space Institute, totaling $4.3 million.
Seventeen other capital projects will be financed with funds already
available to UT or through the State School Bond Authority.
The biggest of those are a $4.5 million single student housing project and
a $3.4 million parking garage, both at UT-Chattanooga.
UT plans a $1.5 million renovation of existing surgery suites at the UT
Medical Center in Knoxville, a $1.4 million renovation of the professional
office building at the center, and a $1.21 million water plant improvement
The finance committee also approved a "master plan" in principle last
The plan is general prospectus for possible changes in the campus, which
could be completed at the discretion of the board of trustees.
The plan was presented by architect Charles Smith, who said the need for
renovations of UT's buildings was an important aspect to the study and plan
because the buildings on campus average 56 years of age.
Smith also explored ways to "green up" campus. Smith said it would be
possible to eliminate two blocks of roadway along Andy Holt Boulevard in
order to create a series of quadrangles.
He said this area along Hodges Library and Humanities has replaced the Hill
as UT's center of student activity.