UTC Engineering Building Ranked UT's Top Priority

University of Tennessee President Joseph E. Johnson will recommend to the UT Board of Trustees that UTC's proposed Engineering/Math/Computer Science building top the system's capital outlay priorities for 1999-2000.

Johnson's announcement comes in conjunction with the result of the University's study of the best location for the facility.

The consulting firm of Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum recommended this week that a parking lot on the corner of East Fifth and Palmetto streets for the new $28 million engineering, math and computer science building.

"The university is really on the edge of being a great university, and it has to be world class in many ways. A major factor in that is where the engineering building goes," HOK consultant Richard Macias said Monday at the third meeting in a series seeking community input into the university's master planning process.

Johnson's made his statement at a President's Staff meeting in Knoxville. His official recommendation will be made in October at the next UT Board of Trustees meeting. Pending approval by the trustees, Johnson's reccomendation will be forwarded to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). At THEC, UT's capital requests will be combined with requests from the Tennessee Board of Regents to form one ranked list for all of higher education in the state. That request goes to the Governor for presentation to the General Assembly for final funding.

"I am very grateful to President Johnson for the recommendation, and I appreciate the years of effort by the faculty, students, and officers of this campus in trying to get this building to the top of the list," said UTC Chancellor Bill Stacy. "It is terrific to start this school year with such positive energy and actions regarding the new building."

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