Plan for 'reinventing' UTC's old Lupton Library begins moving

Staff Photo by Angela Lewis FosterThe Lupton Library will be repurposed by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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State Building Commission members last week approved $2 million to begin pre-planning process for major rennovation of UTC's now-vacant Lupton Library as well as upgrades to the university's Fine Arts Center. At this point, the estimated $40 million project at this point appears to have a good chance for inclusion next year in Gov. Bill Haslam's proposed 2016/2017 state budget: Lupton Memorial Library Opened: 1974 Location: Vine Street/center of UTC campus Gross square footage: 116,349/Assignable square footage: 75,627 Current use: vacant Plan: Replace all building systems, convert to a mixed used of classroom and student services. A year-old Lupton Repurposing Committee report recommends relocating the departments of English, Philosophy & Religion, CommunicationModern & Classic Languages and Literatures, History, Integrated Studies and Arts & Sciences Dean to the building.