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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 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.

Over the next few weeks this winter, the University will begin a number of construction projects to continue improving campus. These include projects that will impact Poe Parkway, the Pepin Stadium track, the Plant Hall parking lot, North Brevard Avenue, Thomas Parking Garage and others.

Beginning in December 2015 and continuing into 2016, the city of Tampa will begin construction of the West River Trail on the west bank of the Hillsborough River, connecting Plant Park with Cass Street along the river.

This trail will consist of an eight-foot wide sidewalk that will run approximately two feet from the seawall. It will join an existing sidewalk in Plant Park, run along the river behind the Riverside Center, McKay Hall, Macdonald-Kelce Library, Boathouse, Cass Communication Building and then track west toward the campus’s Cass Street entrance.

The construction, which will begin near the Cass Street entrance and progress south toward Plant Park, will last six to eight weeks. A small, fenced construction zone will be located behind the library.

Ultimately, the trail will continue north and south along the river, with connections to the Tampa Riverwalk and Bayshore Boulevard.

New Fitness Center

Construction to be completed Summer 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 for phase I is set for Summer 2016, with doors opening in the fall. 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.

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McKay Hall

Renovations through Summer 2016

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

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Previous Campus Improvements

Campus improvements completed in 2015, 2014 and 2013

Campus improvements that were completed in 2015 included the following:

  • Phase one of Palm Apartments
  • Music Room
  • Innovation and Collaboration Building
  • McKay Hall

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.