published Sunday, September 4th, 2011

$48 million UTC library rising above Vine Street

Construction continues at the new library on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus.
Construction continues at the new library on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus.
Photo by Angela Lewis.

• Name: UTC Library, but the naming rights are available.

• Description: A new library, study space and cafe to serve the growing UTC student population

• Location: The five-story building will be located at the corner of Vine and Douglas streets downtown, adjacent to the rest of the UTC campus. Entrances will be installed off Vine and Douglas streets, as well as from the former Chamberlain field, which will remain an open green space.

• Status: Workers have relocated the site’s utilities and have graded the site. Builders have poured the structure’s foundations, as well as several reinforcing walls that also serve as foundations. The balance of the heavy construction will consist of rebar-reinforced concrete framing, then completion of the interior.

• Cost: $48 million

• Completion: The library is scheduled for completion by spring 2013, and should be fully furnished by fall of that same year.

• Features: The building’s ground floor is slated to be home to the library’s stacks, collection and circulation desks. The floor will also house a 24-hour study space, and a cafe. The second floor, or “information commons,” will feature a number of computers for students to study and complete classwork. The rest of the floors are a combination of group study space, classrooms and an academic support center for faculty members. The top floors will also house a university archive, a special collections exhibit and a grand reading room.

• Quote: “Of course, all floors will have a lot of student study space and general hang out space,” said Janet Spraker, director of engineering services for UTC.

• Builders: Rentenbach Constructors

about Ellis Smith...

Ellis Smith joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in January 2010 as a business reporter. His beat includes the flooring industry, Chattem, Unum, Krystal, the automobile market, real estate and technology. Ellis is from Marietta, Ga., and has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication at the University of West Georgia. He previously worked at UTV-13 News, Carrollton, Ga., as a producer; at the The West Georgian, Carrollton, Ga., as editor; and at the Times-Georgian, Carrollton, ...

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fftspam said...

Coming soon..... crying and moaning about tuition increases. How is the water in UTC's new 'lazy river' and water slide? Coming soon... crying and moaning about tuition increases.

September 2, 2011 at 3:33 a.m.
328Kwebsite said...

Notice the word "books" is not included in this story about the new library.

September 2, 2011 at 7:45 a.m.
NoMyth said...

Nothing wrong with a nice library...if tuition is paying for it. But, in general, American college students have been coddled by the higher education system over the past ten years, to the point where the graduates have unrealistic expectations for the future. They live better at school then their worth in the real world. Time to tighten the university belt.

September 4, 2011 at 12:32 a.m.
memphisexile said...

The old library is from the 1970's and was too small even when I attended UTC in the late 90's. Modern libraries are designed completely differently and serve many more purposes than they did 40 years ago before the rise of the computer. I am glad to see that UTC is getting their long promised new library. Go Mocs!

September 4, 2011 at 9:53 p.m.
Myopinion said...

I worked at the UTC Library many, many years ago. It was poorly designed and never functioned like it should have. It was supposed to have been innovative in the use of energy. The heating and cooling was intended to have been done by hot and cold water running through pipes. The problem was that the system didn't work. It was stuffy in the summer, and so cold in the winter that employees would have to take turns going to the staff break room to hold their hands over the stove in order to thaw them out. In addition, parts of the building were dark and dreary. It's about time the university had an improvement over the current monstrosity.

September 5, 2011 at 12:45 a.m.
griffey said...

The description is a little off. The Ground floor will be the Stacks, with our books and journals arranged together, to make it easier for researchers looking for subject-specific information. Currently they have to go to two different floors to see books & journals.

The 1st floor will have the Cafe and 24 hour study space, which will open onto Chamberlin Field and provide an awesome greenspace for students, as well as our circulation desk. The Information Commons and our reference area will be on the 2nd floor. The 3rd and 4th floor will have a mix of academic support services, student group study rooms, classrooms, and more.

September 5, 2011 at 9:25 a.m.
terrybham said...

I lived at the corner of Fifth and Douglas Streets about fifty years ago. In fact, I was born in a house across the street from the old Clara Carpenter school. It is amazing to see the changes that have been made in that area over the years.

September 5, 2011 at 12:51 p.m.
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