New Construction Projects Begin the New Year

Beyond the ongoing construction of the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values, crews were busy working on several projects over the winter break and some are running over into the spring semester.

Any student or faculty member on campus during break probably noticed that University Drive in between the library and Science Wing of Plant Hall was narrowed down to a one lane road.

According to a Global Message sent out highlighting the construction projects on campus, crews were upgrading a storm water drainage sewer and found a problem in an old City of Tampa water line.

For the spring semester, the Computer Center Annex and Cass Faculty-Staff Parking lot will be closed to get the area ready for an addition to the Cass Building.

In the meantime, the Computer Center Annex will be moved to the east.

The e-mail said that sidewalks would still be open around the area under construction, but to be mindful of walking around any construction on campus.

Another staff parking lot is also being affected.

A small part of the Smiley Hall/Sykes College of Business Parking Lot has been blocked off to extend a chilled water line from the library chiller unit.

The unit powers the air-conditioning in the library, Riverside Center and Smiley Hall. The project was scheduled to end by Jan. 19.

Students may have also stepped into a new computer classroom in North Walker Hall.

The classroom will not only function for classes but will serve as a testing center.

The classroom has wireless internet access and stored laptops for use.

In an effort to meet the demand of UT students, the Health Center is being moved to a modular facility on the newly acquired Kennedy Boulevard property by early February.

The e-mail also stated that a new facility is in the works but no dates were given as to when construction would begin.

The Cass Street Bridge will continue to be closed but traffic should restart near the end of January.

Check with for more updates on these projects.

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