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Residence Hall Complex
Set to be completed by late January 2015
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The University of Tampa has broken ground on a new, seven-story residence hall on the site of the recently demolished southern wing of ResCom, which faced North A Street on campus.
The Palm Apartments will rise in the current southern wing’s place. Construction has begun, and the new hall is set to be completed by late January 2015. While the demolished wing housed 93 students, the new construction will house 209 students.
The total project will call for a similar demolition of the northern and eastern wings of ResCom, and replacement with new, joined residence halls. The overall footprint will be similar to its current configuration, with a courtyard within the three wings. The timeline for the total project completion has not yet been determined.
Once the entire project is completed, the residence hall complex will house 519 students, compared to ResCom’s 234 total occupancy.
The new wing will reflect the latest in university campus amenities, while also offering similar amenities as ResCom currently does. Each room will be suite-style with a common living room, kitchen, bathroom and four single rooms. All rooms will be cable and network ready. When completed, the residence hall will also feature student gathering spaces.
The proposed design indicates the new building will blend with the architecture of the campus, with red brick, stucco and glass.
In alignment with UT’s commitment to environmental stewardship, the new building will be designed and constructed to be consistent with certain sustainability guidelines.
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
Plant Park Improvements
Work completed 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.
Previous Campus Improvements
Campus improvements completed in 2013
Campus improvement 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.