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Architectural beauty welcomes campus

A beautiful new entrance to the campus at East Fourth and Mabel Streets celebrates the beginning of major landscaping improvements, scheduled for completion this year. The UTC Landscaping Committee recently held a luncheon to thank generous donors for their contributions to the creation of the architectural landmark.

Whitney Durand, Ruth Holmberg, and Bryan Patten
stand before the new campus entrance

“The East Fourth Street-Mabel intersection at McKenzie Arena is the main entry to the UTC campus,” said Linda Collins, Landscaping Committee Chair and associate professor of biology. “Until recently, there was no way to mark its significance except for one sign, one flowerbed, and a fire hydrant. The handsome new brick and limestone entrance serves as a welcome to students, faculty, staff and visitors.”

Ross/Fowler Architects designed the entrance, as a companion to the fine brick and limestone entrances on the older parts of campus on McCallie Avenue near Douglas Street.

“All funding was provided through a combination of gifts from the Tonya Foundation, the Lupton Renaissance Fund and private gifts from Whitney Durand, Ruth Holmberg, and Bryan Patten. An identical entrance will be built on the east side of the intersection when the Student Wellness Center is completed, which will give symmetry to the welcome into the campus,” Collins said.

The intersection of Vine and Baldwin Streets at the Lupton Library and University Center, the heart of the campus, will soon be an area bursting with inspiring visual changes. Trees, grass, brick walls and benches will be added. Thirty large legacy trees will be planted along each side of East Fifth Street from Douglas to Palmetto, creating a canopy of shade along the length of the street as they grow to maturity.

To learn more about how you can make a contribution and add to the beauty of campus landscaping, visit the Office of UTC Development or call (423) 425-4232.

July 8, 2005

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