The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s New $50 Million Library “Inches” Towards Completion
From the Chattanooga Times Free Press:
University officials learned Thursday that an already prolonged construction process won’t be over until at least December. That dashed hope that the facility would be open for the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.
Once finished, though, the library will become a marquee place on campus and a milestone in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s long-term plan to bolster its connection with downtown. For students, university officials say, significant upgrades in group studying space and student-oriented technology will make it one of the best college libraries in the South.
Though the current target completion date is three and a half years removed from an initial goal of July 2011, Brown said students and faculty have expressed patience throughout the construction process, much of which coincided with renovations to Cardiac Hill in the center of campus.
For traditional library enthusiasts, UTC’s dean of the library, Theresa Liedtka, stressed that hardbound books still are going to have a place. In fact, 90 percent of them will be housed on the ground floor, which opens up the rest of the building for group study space and other uses that align with the changed role of libraries on college campuses.
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