UTC Breaks Ground on $70M Student Housing Development

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga broke ground on a $70 million student housing facility projected to open in fall 2018.

By Adelina Osan, Associate Editor

Nashville, Tenn.—The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga recently broke ground on a new student housing development. Scheduled to open in fall 2018, the facility has an estimated cost of $70 million.

rendering of UTC's new housing development

Rendering of UTC’s new housing development

The 231,959-square-foot housing complex will feature 600 beds, a bookstore outlet, a dining venue and a demonstration kitchen, as well as three classrooms to be used by the Living and Learning Communities. Plans also call for 648 new parking spaces for cars and 22 motorcycle parking spaces across a 196,163-square-foot area within the campus that benefits from enhanced security. Rooms will be wired for gig service as well as wireless connectivity.

The new development, which is intended to serve as a connection point to downtown Chattanooga, will focus on fostering a sense of community, with open spaces on each wing and floor, as well as throughout the building and on the grounds.

Prior to this project, UTC opened a state-of-the-art $48 million library at Vine and Douglas streets near the new dorm, according to the Times Free Press. The 180,000-square-foot library was envisioned as the academic and intellectual center of campus dedicated to learning and research, offering a 24/5 study space, computer lounge, classrooms and a grand reading room.

Image courtesy of The University of Tennessee at Chattano

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