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.
Construction Impacts on Campus Traffic
Changes in traffic patterns through Spring 2016
The Pepin Stadium parking lot is now closed and will remain closed into 2016. This area will serve as the lay-down area for the construction of the fitness center. Pedestrian traffic will be able to head west to the Martinez Center and to other facilities west of Boulevard by skirting the Saunders Arts Center and McNiff Fitness Center. Please note that a new entry to McNiff will be established with entry on the north side of the building. Please follow signs for day to day updates on this change.
New Fitness Center
Construction to be completed mid-spring 2016
»Live Web cam of construction site
To further enhance campus life and students’ co-curricular experience, The University of Tampa announced it will build a new fitness center in the heart of the UT campus.
The new fitness center will be constructed just east of the existing McNiff Fitness Center and north of the Ferman Music Center, where basketball and volleyball courts are currently located. McNiff will remain open during construction.
Construction of the new center will be done in two phases with phase I consisting of two floors totaling 40,000 square feet. The completion date is set for mid-spring 2016. The phase II future construction will expand the center by an additional 20,000 square feet for a total of 60,000 square feet. The second phase will include additional classroom and lab space for related academic programs.
When complete, the new facility will be about eight times larger than the current fitness center, and will have expanded hours of operation.
We envision the fitness center as a centrally-located, one-stop shop for all exercise programs, personal training and evaluation, wellness and nutrition programs, intramurals, recreation activities, club sports and some exercise related laboratory and research activities.
Specifically, the center will feature six group exercise rooms, which includes one spinning room. Two small fitness assessment rooms have been incorporated in the floor plan, as well as a “flexible” classroom to allow for educational and training functions. A large number of Precor fitness machines (treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical trainers, etc.) as well as free weights, will be available. The center will also include offices for Campus Recreation and related staff, as well as lockers.
For more information, see the press release, UT Announces Construction of New Campus Fitness Center.
Renovations through Summer 2016
Innovation and Collaboration Building
Completed September 2015
» Photo gallery of Sept. 3 open house
» Construction timelapse
» New Creative Spaces Highlight of UT’s Newest Building
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
Completed March 2015
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.
Residence Hall Complex
Phase One completed January 2015
» Photo Gallery
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.
Previous Campus Improvements
Campus improvements completed in 2014 and 2013
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.