The steel framework for the new $51 million Student Recreation Center is being installed.

While it is obvious that work on the Tennessee Tech of tomorrow continues throughout the summer with large projects such as the new Student Recreation Center, the new Lab Science Building and the Roaden University Center expansion, what is not always noticed is the amount of work that campus facilities staff do over the summer.

“Summer is a prime time for a lot of campus projects due to the decrease in students during the summer sessions,” said Jack Butler, associate vice president for Facilities and Business Services. “We always try to minimize any impact on the campus community when we do our work, and summer and university breaks give us the best opportunity.”

Update on select Office of Facilities projects

  • Old Financial Aid suite in the Roaden University Center is being converted into space for Dean of Students office, Greek Life and Student Government Association
  • Renovation to the vice president of Student Affairs suite in the Roaden University Center
  • Replace floor covering at Volpe Library entrance and in front of restrooms; changing from carpet to ceramic tile; to be completed before Great Move-In Day
  • Service desk in the library will be reconfigured as MyTech assuming responsibility for laptop distribution in library
  • Fisheries Lab will be relocated from Old Maintenance Building to West Stadium in July
  • Exterior brick repair to Johnson Hall from vehicle damage in July
  • Several classrooms being updated across campus
  • Lighting installation in Tucker Stadium parking lot
  • Upgrading campus tornado sirens

Update on select State Building Commission projects

  • Roaden University Center expansion is scheduled for completion in October; the renovation of the Multipurpose Room has been completed
  • Student Recreation Center steel erection has begun; expected completion date of facility is January 2020
  • Infrastructure work for the new Lab Science Building is scheduled to be completed this summer, with expected completion of the facility in May 2020
  • Browning/Evins renovation continues, expected to finish in April 2019
  • New chilled water plant will start up the end of June
  • Installation of a new digital scoreboard in Tucker Stadium has begun
  • Volpe Library projects
    • Brick and waterproofing repair and replacement continues, with expected completion early 2019
    • Expansion of the library’s first floor through excavation will begin this summer

As with any construction project, inclement weather may impact the expected completion dates.