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Building Fact Sheet (June 2012)

Project Background

  • The current Lupton Library opened in 1974 with:
    • 4,574 enrolled student, now 9,807
    • 1,100 patron seats at opening, now 675
    • 170,000 volumes, now 1.7 million items
  • The current library is 116,000 gross square feet.
  • A renovation and expansion to the Library has been on the UTC Capital Project list since before 1990.
  • In 2000 the Tennessee Higher Education Commission found the current library building deficient by 58,575 square feet.
  • Student learning styles and habits have changed significantly since the current library was first opened as have information research and scholarly practices.

The Facts

  • Project Funded: July 2007
  • Target Completion Date: December 2013
  • Anticipated Opening: Spring 2014
  • Project Dollar Amount: 48 million
  • Estimated Gross Sq. Ft.: 180,000 over 5 floors
  • Estimated Usable Sq. Ft.: 126,000 – 144,000
  • Site Location: Corner of Vine and Douglas, adjacent to Chamberlain Field
  • Project Architect: Derthick, Henley & Wilkerson/Artech (Joint Venture)
  • Project Timeline:
    • November 2007 to January 2009: Draft program statement
    • February 2009 to August 2010: Prepare design and construction documents
    • September 2010 to April 2011: Submit final document to Tennessee State Fire Marshall for approval
    • May 2011 to June 2011: Bidding and contract award process
    • July 2011 to December 2013: Construction of new library, furniture move-in, and information technology installations
    • January 2014: Move in to new library building

The Details

The new LEED-certified library is chockfull of new strategic campus partnerships and is envisioned as the premier location for student academic needs outside the classroom. New and expanded partnerships represented in the new building include: Art Department, Center for Advisement and Student Success, Copy Services, Graduate Student Association, Information Technology Division, Office of Students with Disabilities, Online Education, Southern Writers, Teaching Resource Center, and Writing Center. Designed with a robust technological infrastructure and themes of transparency, collaboration, and flexibility, student access and success was at the center of building planning processes.

  • 38 study rooms (30 small, 6 medium, 2 large)
  • 3 practice presentation rooms
  • 24 hour student study space
  • 4 lounges (2 quiet, computer and graduate student)
  • Café (a big one!)
  • Information commons
  • Advanced media studio and creator space
  • Over 200 desktop computers (and a yet to be determined number of laptops)
  • Seating for over 2,100
  • 7 classrooms
  • 8 seminar and conference rooms
  • 29 faculty and graduate student carrels
  • 2 visiting scholar rooms
  • Grand reading room
  • Moveable compact stacks with storage for ~600,000 volumes
  • New materials browsing area (think more Barnes and Noble)
  • Expanded special collections storage with unique climate controls
  • New auditorium housing 2 lecture halls of ~200 seats each adjacent to the new library.

Project Timeline

View a spreadsheet of the new library project timeline.

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