By D’Andre Anderson, Staff Writer —
The fall semester is the beginning of new friendships, new weekly routines, and a fresh start, but when it comes to construction around The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s campus, nothing is new.
Many projects have made progress over the summer, such as the Vine Street site and the Oak Street site, but two on-going projects still have some work left.
The Guerry Center, an overall success according to construction services manager Danny West, has been open for classroom and office spaces and renovations on The Lupton Library continue.
Some challenges were presented during these renovation involving coordination with other renovations that were taking place around campus, primarily the Oak Street construction.
Activity has taken place in the Guerry Center, but there are a few items needed to be finished before the project sets to complete by mid Sept.
“On the main level will be student support services and organizations that are currently in the university center,” said West. “There will also be some Aramark services that we see in the University Center to have snacks [and] upper levels will be classrooms and offices.”
These renovations will create a more modern feeling, but the historical aspects of the building will still stay in tact according to West. The Guerry Center is expected to be completed by Sept. 13, in time for the Chancellor address to campus.
The other project that West leads is the Lupton Library Renovation. The construction on the historical library is still in progress, but things are moving quickly. All the demolition was done over the summer and the interior is being built now said West.
“With Lupton, there was quite a bit of maintenance that needed to be done before even starting,” said West. “850,000 dollars to be exact.”
Lupton will be more extended and gain more square footage with a glass curtain wall system that will give a beautiful view to chamberlain field and the UTC library. Renovation of Lupton is set to finish by July 2020.
“I think it’s really cool to have both libraries on opposite ends [but] with new views,” said West.