University of Tennessee – Student Union

Building Area: 395,088 s.f. (Phase 1 – 144,018 s.f. | Phase 2 – 251,070 s.f.)

Date of Completion: Phase 1 – 2015, Phase 2 – 2018

Type: New Construction

Location: Knoxville, TN

Budget: $155,533,444 (Phase 1 – $65,323,548 | Phase 2 – $90,209,896)

Challenge: Replace the existing University Center with a larger facility to meet the needs of a growing student body.

Solution: The new university center is organized around major circulation routes into and through the campus. These defined routes are transformed into “campus living rooms” within the new facility; atriums which are open to multiple stories and flooded with natural light. All of the major programmatic elements are accessed from these atrium corridors.

The building is divided into a primary mass and a secondary mass; the primary fronts Cumberland Avenue and is the formal “front door” of the facility. The secondary mass extends southward towards Neyland Stadium, defining one edge of a pedestrian plaza. Within this secondary mass, the lower levels house the bookstore, while dining facilities are placed at the upper levels and along the campus plaza. The campus plaza connects the coffee and snack shops, additional dining facilities, and a recreation area. A 1,000 seat auditorium located in the primary mass is accessed from the main level of the campus living room. Multiple conference rooms, a ballroom, and offices are located on the upper levels. The remainder of the facility contains office space for Career Services, Student Organizations, and other campus administrations.

Joint venture with McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects