Groundbreaking ceremony slated
Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 10:15 am
The Messenger 01.26.11
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Fine Arts Building Phase I renovation and addition project at the University of Tennessee at Martin — which will more than double the space — has been set for Tuesday.
A reception and ceremony are planned for 11 a.m. in Paul Meek Library before the groundbreaking at the site.
Among those speaking will be University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro, UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Jerald Ogg.
The $13 million project will place all of the university’s fine arts programs in one building. The project consists of the renovation of the existing 54,702 square foot building as well as about 60,000 square feet of additional space, a spokesman said.
The final building footprint will increase to the north, south and east by almost 25,000 square feet and is slated to be completed in time for fall semester 2012, a spokesman said.
The building is specifically designed to meet the needs of the Departments of Music and Visual and Theatre Arts, including more than 35 office spaces, 23 practice rooms, three rehearsal halls, two lecture halls, 12 large and specialized studios, five classrooms, computer labs, band library, chamber music room, art display areas and storage space.
Special acoustical consideration has been given to the sound-sensitive areas as well as technology advances for lighting and sound.