Tech breaks ground on two major projects

This past year, Tech has broken ground on two major projects: the new student recreation center and the lab science building. These two projects are the cornerstones of a level of construction the university hasn’t experienced since the 1960s.

Along with these new buildings, multiple campus buildings are being renovated, including the Roaden University Center, Bartoo and Kittrell halls, and the Jere Whitson Building.

For more information on campus construction, go to tntech.edu/construction.

On April 27, SGA leaders joined President Phil Oldham and Vice President for Student Affairs Marc Burnett at the groundbreaking for the new Student Recreation Center, which is funded by student fees. Left-to-right: Rachel Tuck Martin ’17; Marc Burnett ’82, ’86, ’93; Bobby Adams ’15; Alex Martin ’17; and Phil Oldham.

Student Recreation Center
Location: Corner of Willow Avenue and 7th Street
Expected Completion: 2019
Size: 154,000+ square feet
Budget: $45 million

On Nov. 3, Tech held the groundbreaking ceremony for the new laboratory science building. Left-to-right: Former First Lady Gloria Bell, Department of Biology Chair Rob Kissell, College of Arts & Sciences Dean Paul Semmes, former President Bob Bell, President Phil Oldham, former President Angelo Volpe, First Lady Kari Oldham and Department of Chemistry Chair Jeff Boles.

Lab Science Building
Location: North of Capital Quad
Expected Completion: 2020
Size: 164,000+ square feet (largest building on campus)
Budget: $90 million