$48 million UTC library rising above Vine Street

$48 million UTC library rising above Vine Street

September 4th, 2011 by Ellis Smith in Business Around the Region

Construction continues at the new library on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus.

Photo by Angela Lewis/Times Free Press.

• Name: UTC Library, but the naming rights are available.

• Description: A new library, study space and cafe to serve the growing UTC student population

• Location: The five-story building will be located at the corner of Vine and Douglas streets downtown, adjacent to the rest of the UTC campus. Entrances will be installed off Vine and Douglas streets, as well as from the former Chamberlain field, which will remain an open green space.

• Status: Workers have relocated the site's utilities and have graded the site. Builders have poured the structure's foundations, as well as several reinforcing walls that also serve as foundations. The balance of the heavy construction will consist of rebar-reinforced concrete framing, then completion of the interior.

• Cost: $48 million

• Completion: The library is scheduled for completion by spring 2013, and should be fully furnished by fall of that same year.

• Features: The building's ground floor is slated to be home to the library's stacks, collection and circulation desks. The floor will also house a 24-hour study space, and a cafe. The second floor, or "information commons," will feature a number of computers for students to study and complete classwork. The rest of the floors are a combination of group study space, classrooms and an academic support center for faculty members. The top floors will also house a university archive, a special collections exhibit and a grand reading room.

• Quote: "Of course, all floors will have a lot of student study space and general hang out space," said Janet Spraker, director of engineering services for UTC.

• Builders: Rentenbach Constructors