Construction crews have been busy building a new student union and science laboratory with a construction budget of over $530 Million.

The Project

Although students at the university have been away on break, construction of the new student union and science laboratory has been underway after approval by the State building commission back in 2008, with the construction predicted to be completed by 2019. A three-step project, with an additional 2 projects, have already cost the university over 1 billion dollars in fees.

Neyland Stadium has received a massive upgrade alone of over $300 million in construction, slated to begin this summer as well as an engineering building for the university’ nuclear engineering program, predicted to be the nations best once completed.

Dave Irvin, associate vice chancellor for facilities services stated that “As soon as one project finishes we’re off to the next one, It’s, by any way you want to measure it, overwhelmingly the most construction this campus has ever done and among the top in the country in terms of the amount of construction going on.”

The Science Lab

The university expects its new state of the edge laboratory to finished by May and open August of 2019. Named the Ken and Blaire Mossman Building, it was purchased by the university from a homeowner for $1 million and then moved to another address after being re-sold by the university.

The laboratory is to provide students with all necessities like interactive lecture halls, state of the edge science labs, large classrooms as well as a massive landscaped garden.

The student union building has been delayed, predicted to be completed and open by spring of 2019. Completely funded and backed by student fees.

Included in the building is a whopping 999 seat auditorium, 2 large conference rooms for presentations and student meetings as well as a 12,000 square foot ballroom.


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