Campus Master Planning


In 2010, a Campus Master Plan Steering Committee was convened to guide the update to the 2000 Campus Master Plan. A planning team led by Perkins+Will was selected to complete the update. A hallmark of the planning process has been its highly participatory and consensus building activities.

A wide cross section of on-campus groups including administrative, academic, student life, and varsity sports leadership; faculty; staff; and students – have been invited to attend interviews, focus groups and campus open house forums throughout the academic year. In addition, off-campus stakeholder groups and organizations from the city of Chattanooga and surrounding neighborhoods were invited to participate in the planning process.

Interviews, focus groups and community open house forums were held to gather input on planning goals, concepts, and final recommendations.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 2012 Campus Master Plan is built on a strong foundation: UTC’s past strategic planning, current growth initiatives, and recent campus achievements. Significant institutional changes that have occurred since the 2000 Campus Master Plan include:

  • Carnegie Community Engagement Classification and strengthened relationships with the region, the city of Chattanooga and surrounding neighborhoods.
  • UTC Chancellor’s signing of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), with the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050
  • Continued academic excellence in Health Sciences; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math initiatives (STEM); and other interdisciplinary degree programs

The goal of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 2012 Campus Master Plan is to create a living master plan document tool to guide future growth at UTC. By completing a thorough analysis of campus conditions and in light of the Strategic Plan we have a strong foundation from which to build.

The driving forces behind the Campus Master Plan include:

1. Create facilities in support of educational/research initiatives
2. Provide physical access to all aspects of the campus
3. Support technology (infrastructure) to support instruction, learning, scholarship, service
4. Provide leadership as an environmentally sustainable institution
5. Promote connections to the environmental city of Chattanooga
6. Build the framework for a safe and appealing campus landscape
7. Seek resources to support research and creative/scholarship
8. Encourage facilities that support strong graduate programs
9. Create support for intercollegiate athletics program of the highest caliber
10. Provide housing and residence life opportunities that unify students in an engaged learning

UTC has also successfully implemented many of the campus facility and open space improvements identified in the 2000 Campus Master Plan. Completed projects include:

  • Property acquisitions (Enterprise South, Engel Field, multiple McCallie/
    Oak/Douglas parcels)
  • Engineering, Math, & Computer Science Building
  • University Center expansion & major renovation
  • Aquatics & Recreation Center, the “ARC”
  • South Campus Housing
  • Academic building renovations and improvements (Race, Hooper, Grote,
    and Metro)
  • Multiple Central Energy Plant, and utility infrastructure expansion and
  • Lawson Student-Athlete Success Center
  • Intramural sports field expansion and Scrappy Moore field renovation
  • Significant landscape & hardscape improvements (Pedestrian Mall
    Phase 1, Heritage Plaza and campus gateways)
  • Demolition of North & South Stadium, Siskin Memorial and J. Avery
    Bryan buildings
  • New Library building
  • Bretske Hall improvements
  • Pedestrian Mall, Phase 2 (Chamberlain Pavilion and “Cardiac Hill”
  • Stagmaier Hall housing restoration

Due to successful capital planning, additional campus facility improvements are currently under planning, design or construction, these include:

In Design:

  • Academic classroom buildings renovation (Lupton and Fine Arts Center)
  • Utility distribution expansion
  • Lighting improvements
  • Campus site improvements
  • Guerry Center renovation
  • Johnson-Obear utility connection
  • Parking lot improvements and Frist demolition
  • Engel sports complex
  • Fletcher Hall classroom upgrade
  • Roof replacements
  • Parking garage lighting upgrade
  • Campus branding
  • Executive and Center for Professional Education Center

In Construction: 

  • West Campus housing and parking
  • Tennis Court relocation
  • Campus landscape improvements
  • ADA improvements
  • Fletcher Hall renovations
  • Holt Hall improvements
  • Arena seating and storage
  • Campus Safety and Security improvements
  • Central Energy System expansion
  • Building exterior repairs
  • Arena roof repair
  • Development parking lot
  • Retrofit State Office Building
  • Tennessee Room upgrades