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The UT campus is transforming, and this page is an insider's look to keep our Spartans and the community informed. The campus is constantly evolving and growing, with approximately $575 million in new construction since 1998.

Summer Construction Projects

Improvements to campus throughout Summer 2018
UT’s campus will be busy with construction activity this summer, much of which started on Monday, May 7. Some parking lots, roads and walkways will be closed intermittently. Please follow all traffic signs and construction warnings.

Graduate and Health Studies Building — Construction is nearing completion. Once a temporary certificate of occupancy is received at the end of June, furniture and equipment will be moved in. Anticipated move-in date for faculty and staff is mid-July. This will allow adequate time for start-up, commissioning and training of the state-of-the-art equipment and systems to support the nursing and physician assistant spaces.

Smiley Hall — Work will continue this summer to refresh the residence hall and upgrade plumbing, flooring and finishes. A new fire sprinkler system will be installed along with an elevator to the second floor.

Riverside Center — Work will begin on the renovation and expansion of the Riverside Center this summer.

Brevard Avenue and Spaulding Drive — Brevard Avenue between Spaulding Drive and North A Street will be restored over the summer to its original brick pavers. Spaulding Drive will also be closed during portions of the summer to allow for underground work and realignment. Watch for signage.

Morsani Hall — Chilled water infrastructure will be extended to Morsani Hall, which will cause some sidewalk and possible street closures around the project. Watch for signs throughout the summer.

Chiller Plant — An additional chiller, cooling tower and support equipment will be added to the main chiller plant on the west side of campus. This will provide plant capacity and redundancy to support new buildings added to the campus chilled water loop.

Plant Hall — Repairs to the Science Wing will continue, as well as upgrades to the electrical system on the ground level and other miscellaneous updates.

North Boulevard — The light poles along North Boulevard will be replaced to match those found on the rest of campus. There will also be some improvements to sidewalks along North Boulevard, as well as the fencing along the north side of campus so it will match the brick columns and black picket fencing along the south side, carrying the UT brand to both sides of campus.

Falk Theatre — Repairs will continue along the front façade to tuck-point brick, clean and seal. Cast stone features will be restored along with the original tile roofing replaced. Additional repairs will also occur along the back façade.

Riverside Center

Construction to be completed Spring 2019

The University of Tampa’s Riverside Center, which was built in 1962 on the Hillsborough River and has supported various administrative and academic functions over the years, will undergo a major renovation this summer and fall. The renovation will allow for significantly increased space for Career Services, classrooms, conference rooms and for a transformed post office.

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The current building, which is a mix of single-story, story-and-a-half and two-story spaces, will become two-story throughout, but will remain approximately the same footprint. The renovation will add nearly 20,000 square feet for a total of 54,000 square feet. The project is expected to begin in early May, and to be fully completed for the Spring 2019 semester. However, the post office, language lab and some administrative spaces are expected to be complete by the Fall 2018 semester.

Highlights of the renovation include:

  • Career Services, which helps students transition from college to career, will have an additional 5,000 square feet to incorporate spaces for placement services, including interviewing, corporate recruiter meetings, receptions, employer programs and numerous student programs to aid career exploration and job search. An adjacent multipurpose room will open onto a patio that overlooks the Hillsborough River.
  • Classrooms and conference spaces account for an additional 4,500 square feet. The new building will feature 10 classrooms and conference rooms, which include two state-of-the-art language labs. Many of the classrooms will feature views of the Hillsborough River and downtown Tampa.
  • UT’s post office will be totally redesigned and modernized to account for current trends in student use, in which students do not receive significant amounts of first class mail, but do receive numerous packages via Amazon, USPS, FedEx, UPS, etc. In fact, last year post office staff handled 10,000 packages the first week of fall semester, and more than 100,000 during the academic year.

The new building will also include space for faculty offices to help keep pace with the rapid addition of new employee hires. The Office of Admissions’ presentation room will be expanded, as will Admissions’ logistics space for managing mailings to prospective students. Development and University Relations, Human Resources and Public Information and Publications will also benefit from redesign and expanded spaces.

“The new Riverside Building will benefit the UT community in many ways,” said UT President Ronald Vaughn. “I believe students will especially benefit from the expansion of Career Services and the addition of classrooms and study spaces, and I think they will particularly enjoy a modernized, functional post office.”

The project architect is Andy Dohmen of Design Styles Architecture and the general contractor is Dave Tavlin of Crossroads Construction.

Construction of the building will be paid for through individual gifts and University funds.

In alignment with UT’s commitment to environmental stewardship, the building will be designed and constructed to be a candidate for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification of the U.S. Green Building Council.

The renovation will also be enhanced by landscaping, new sidewalks and outdoor, riverfront seating.

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When it opened in May 1963 the Riverside Center was known as the Student Center and included a bookstore, dining center, library and student lounges. It was built soon after the completion of the McKay and Smiley residence halls, when UT was attempting to build out a more complete campus, as well as manage its post-war enrollment increase. It was expanded in 1969, and the building last received a facelift in 2009.

Graduate and Health Studies Building

Construction to be completed Fall 2018

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To support academic needs in its expanding health sciences and graduate programs, The University of Tampa has announced it will build a new, six-story academic building in the heart of campus.

The nursing program, recently named Florida’s best, will be housed in the new building, as well as the program in physician assistant studies under development, UT’s Office of Graduate Studies, classrooms, health sciences labs, study spaces and faculty offices.

The Graduate and Health Studies Building will be constructed on what is currently the intramural field in the center of UT’s campus, just east of Pepin Stadium. The building will blend with the architecture of UT’s campus, with red brick, precast concrete, metal and glass. It will offer panoramic views of campus and downtown Tampa, and will include typical Florida landscaping.

At 90,000 square feet, the building will be UT’s largest academic building.

“With this facility we hope to strengthen UT’s health sciences programs with state-of-the-art spaces, including simulation labs, a digital anatomy lab and all the latest health technology and equipment,” UT President Ron Vaughn said. “Plus, this building will enhance our graduate programs.”

The building will also have a state-of-the-art audiovisual system, the same as used in health care facilities, that is designed to capture clinical and learning events for future review and assessment by students from anywhere. This will help to facilitate a unique connectivity to other health care facilities, enhancing the student clinical experience.

The building is expected to be completed in Fall 2018.

Full details: UT Announces New Academic Building for Graduate and Health Studies

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Phase II:
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Previous Campus Improvements

Campus improvements completed from 2013-2017

» Campus improvements completed in 2017 include the following:

For details and photos, visit Campus Construction 2017.

» Campus improvements completed in 2016 included the following:

For details and photos, visit Campus Construction 2016.


» Campus improvements that were completed in 2015 included the following:

For details and photos, visit Campus Construction 2015.


» Campus improvements that were completed in 2014 included infrastructure updates to Plant Park.


» Campus improvements completed in 2013 included the following:

  • Aquatic Center
  • North Walker Hall
  • East Walker Hall
  • West Kennedy Hall
  • The Naimoli Family Softball Stadium
  • Thompson Building
  • Naimoli Family Athletic and Intramural Complex

For details and photos, visit the Campus Construction 2013 page.