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Campus Construction

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 more than 25 new or substantially redesigned facilities on UT’s campus in the past 15 years. Come back for campus construction updates.

New Academic/Administrative Building

Future construction to be completed through 2015

In an effort to support academic and administrative space needs, and to provide additional parking, The University of Tampa has announced it will build a new, seven-story, multiuse structure on campus. The building will include three floors of academic and administrative space, including a new, state of the art home for UT’s Sykes College of Business Entrepreneurship Center, and four floors of parking.

The structure will extend from the Thomas Parking Garage on campus. The building will be built to bridge over North A Street, and onto the open lot just west of the new residence hall.

The three stories of the new facility — approximately 60,000 square feet — will house additional classrooms, faculty offices, student meeting and study areas, a Campus Safety Center and the Entrepreneurship Center. The new facility will also enlarge the Thomas Parking Garage by 400 spaces to accommodate a total of 1,200 parking spots.

Site development and construction steps for the Thomas Garage addition will begin promptly after the December Commencement. Once construction begins, passage on A Street (west of the entries to West Kennedy Hall) will be interrupted and the A Street surface commuter parking lot will be lost to the site of this development. Some who store their vehicles on campus and do not use them regularly may want to consider taking their car or truck home or store it off campus during this holiday break.

To partially make up for the lost spaces and the impact of the construction, 92 spaces within the first floor of the West Garage will be re-designated as Commuter Student/Visitor/Faculty /Staff from the previous designation of Faculty/Staff. Signs designating the changes will be going up in mid-December. These designation changes will be temporary and will be reassessed during Summer 2014. For the upcoming spring semester it is expected that this will bring some relief to the commuter student parking challenges. 

More details: UT Announces New Academic Building and Parking Garage Expansion

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Plant Park Improvements

Work to be completed mid-March 2014

Over the next few months, the Florida Department of Transportation will be replacing the storm culvert box, located at the seawall near the bottom of the stairway leading to Kennedy Boulevard. A construction fence will be erected and trucks will be entering the park off Kennedy at the south entrance to park. Some of the brick work will be removed to facilitate this. The stairway by the bridge will be closed to pedestrian traffic during this time.

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Aquatic Center

Renovations completed October 2013

Brick columns and fencing similar to that on Kennedy has been installed. The paver blocks and brick bands of the pool deck are being completed. The locker room with showers, new lighting strong enough so the pool can be used after dark and security cameras will be installed in October. All new furniture, including six cabanas, has been added. The pool remains open for day time swimming.

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North Walker Hall

Renovations completed August 2013

North Walker Hall had summer renovations and now houses three critical student support offices—Academic Advising, the Academic Center for Excellence and Student Success—which constitute the new Academic Success Center. An open house is scheduled for Oct. 10.

The original classrooms and two faculty laboratories were moved from the center to the south end of the building, with no reduction of classroom or laboratory space. The northern half of North Walker is the new home for the Academic Success Center. In addition, a new crosswalk has been installed across Spartan Lane between North Walker and the Sykes College of Business parking lot. 

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East Walker Hall

Renovations completed September 2013

The University renovated and made some minor modifications to East Walker Hall, which is just west of the aquatic center. The renovations are primarily interior with a 2,500-square-foot addition to the existing space to the north and west.

The one-story former fairgrounds building most recently housed ROTC, and now includes general classroom and office space, including administrative space for IT functions.

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West Kennedy Hall

Opened August 2013

The new 11-story, 523-bed residence hall on Kennedy Boulevard, between North Brevard Avenue and North Boulevard, enriches the co-curricular environment for students and reflects the latest in University campus amenities.

 
"Residence Hall 7 (West Kennedy Hall) is a great addition to the housing offerings we currently have for residential students," said Krystal Schofield, associate dean of students. "The standard suite houses four students with two bathrooms, which is a great selling point for students."
 
Schofield also said the students are excited by the great programming spaces available for student groups on the 11th floor. West Kennedy Hall will represent the 25th new or substantially redesigned facility on UT's campus in the past 15 years.
 
The residence hall opened for move-in this August. It was designed and developed with LEED certification as a project goal. A solar array heats two-thirds of water used by residents. There will be an open house for the community to take a look at the finished building on Sept. 12.

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The Naimoli Family Athletic and Intramural Complex

Opened Spring 2013

The Naimoli Family Athletic and Intramural Complex was completed in April with a ribbon cutting and inaugural game on April 5. The complex includes a multi-purpose field, a 1,450-seat stadium, two spectator berms, restrooms, a concession area, parking, team meeting rooms and a support building. The field, which will be used for numerous intramurals as well as other sports, is also home to the UT men's lacrosse team, which played its inaugural season this spring. It will also be home to a new women's lacrosse team, which will begin play during the 2013-2014 academic year. Learn more about the Naimoli Family Athletic and Intramural Complex

Updates


See the construction as it happened with the online photo gallery on our Facebook page.
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Naimoli Family Softball Stadium 

Opened Spring 2013

Improvements to the Naimoli Family Softball Stadium were completed this spring 2013 and include a new sidewalk, lighting, batting cage and facelift to the press box.

Located directly behind the Martinez Athletics Center, the field was built in 1989 and has seating room for approximately 200 spectators. 

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Thompson Building

To be completed Fall 2013

The Thompson Building is expanding the warehouse facility, creating more storage for equipment, covered parking and offices. The exterior is finished, and the interior should be complete by Fall 2013.

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