A major renovation to McKay Hall took place in summer of 2015 and will continue through the summer of 2016. Residents are occupying McKay during the full 2015-2016 academic year and enjoy the entire facility. Final finishes will be installed in the summer of 2016. Full details: McKay Hall Receives Complete Makeover This Summer
During 2015, the University continued to expand and improve across campus.
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 named the Innovation and Collaboration Building. 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
The Music Room was restored with the renewal of the hardwood floor and restoration of the balcony boxes over the entry doors. The Music Room reopened for the Chiseler's Market in March.
The University of Tampa broke 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 rise in the current southern wing’s place. While the demolished wing housed 93 students, the new construction houses 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 547 students, compared to ResCom’s 234 total occupancy.
The new wing reflects the latest in university campus amenities, while also offering similar amenities as ResCom currently does. Each room is suite-style with a common living room, kitchen, bathroom and four single rooms. All rooms are cable and network ready, and there are student gathering spaces throughout.
In alignment with UT’s commitment to environmental stewardship, the new building is designed and constructed to be consistent with certain sustainability guidelines.