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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 approximately $530 million in new construction since 1998.

Summer Construction Projects

Improvements to campus throughout Summer 2017
UT’s campus will be busy with construction activity this summer, much of which started on Monday, May 8. Some parking lots, roads and walkways will be closed intermittently. Please follow all traffic signs and construction warnings.

University Drive — The section of University Drive from the Aquatic Center to North Walker Hall will be closed May 8 to June 26 to install new chilled water lines to serve future construction. During this time, the Sykes College of Business Parking Lot exit will serve as both entrance and exit and will only be accessible when coming north on University Drive (from Kennedy Boulevard).

Spaulding Drive — Beginning May 8 through August, the section of Spaulding Drive from east of the Thomas Parking Garage entrance to North Brevard Avenue will be closed to accommodate the final stages of construction on Palm Apartments. Pedestrian traffic along the Graduate and Continuing Studies Building and Ferman Music Center will still be open.

Aquatic Center — The Aquatic Center will be closed from May 8 to late June to repair major leaks in the pool.

West Parking Garage — The West Parking Garage will be closed from June 14–26 for concrete repairs. All cars must be moved from the upper decks and ramps of the garage by June 13 or they will be towed.

Morsani Hall — In June, the city of Tampa is tentatively planning to clean the sewer line by Morsani Hall. This project should not affect pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

Sand Volleyball Court — To support the University’s new NCAA Division II beach volleyball program, the current green space along North Boulevard by Pepin Stadium will be turned into a third sand volleyball court. The project should be complete in early June.

Sykes College of Business Parking Lot — In addition, to sections already closed, the parking spaces on the north side of the main lot closest to University Drive will be closed for paver storage May 8 to June 26.

Graduate and Health Studies Building

Construction to be completed Fall 2018

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To support academic needs in its expanding health sciences and graduate programs, The University of Tampa has announced it will build a new, six-story academic building in the heart of campus.

The nursing program, recently named Florida’s best, will be housed in the new building, as well as the program in physician assistant studies under development, UT’s Office of Graduate Studies, classrooms, health sciences labs, study spaces and faculty offices.

The Graduate and Health Studies Building will be constructed on what is currently the intramural field in the center of UT’s campus, just east of Pepin Stadium. The building will blend with the architecture of UT’s campus, with red brick, precast concrete, metal and glass. It will offer panoramic views of campus and downtown Tampa, and will include typical Florida landscaping.

At 90,000 square feet, the building will be UT’s largest academic building.

“With this facility we hope to strengthen UT’s health sciences programs with state-of-the-art spaces, including simulation labs, a digital anatomy lab and all the latest health technology and equipment,” UT President Ron Vaughn said. “Plus, this building will enhance our graduate programs.”

The building will also have a state-of-the-art audiovisual system, the same as used in health care facilities, that is designed to capture clinical and learning events for future review and assessment by students from anywhere. This will help to facilitate a unique connectivity to other health care facilities, enhancing the student clinical experience.

The building is expected to be completed in Fall 2018.

Full details: UT Announces New Academic Building for Graduate and Health Studies

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Phase II of Palm Apartments

Construction to be completed August 2017

The University of Tampa started construction of the next and final phase of the Palm Apartments residence hall complex in May, with a completion date of August 2017.

The existing two wings of ResCom that face Brevard Avenue and Spaulding Drive were demolished after May Commencement, and two new wings of Palm Apartments are being constructed in their place. The new wings will join with the existing Palm Apartments building that was completed in January 2015. The complex is located toward the center of campus, between Brevard Hall and the Thomas Parking Garage.

The overall footprint will be similar to the original ResCom configuration, with a courtyard within the three wings. Once the entire project is completed, the Palm Apartments complex will house approximately 600 students, compared to ResCom’s original 234 total occupancy.

The new wings will be similar in style to the current Palm Apartments, and will reflect the latest in university campus amenities. 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.

"Palm Apartments has proven to be a popular residence hall,” said Ronald L. Vaughn, UT president. “And Phase II will enlarge our residential campus and provide more students with an exemplary on-campus living situation that will augment their academic and co-curricular experiences.”

Palm Apartments in its entirety represents the eighth new residence hall built under the leadership of Pres. Vaughn. The campus’ physical growth comes as a result of significant enrollment expansion that has quadrupled over the last 19 years to 8,037 students. The University has invested approximately $460 million in new construction since 1997.

Currently about 65 percent of full-time UT students live in campus housing.

Crossroads Construction has been named to build this phase of the residence hall.

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Previous Campus Improvements

Campus improvements completed from 2013-2016

Campus improvements completed in 2016 included the following:

For details and photos, visit Campus Construction 2016.


Campus improvements that were completed in 2015 included the following:

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.