Our Infrastructure and Resources Plan
Our journey has brought with it a host of facilities improvements across campus. New and renovated academic buildings, student life facilities, and labs and research space, coupled with a renewed focus on landscaping and beautification projects are changing the face of campus for the better.
We must balance our growth with our strategic plan and the associated price tags for meeting our goals. We are focused on accountability and staying affordable and accessible to all qualified students who want to be Volunteers. And once they are here, we commit resources to help our students succeed and graduate in four years without the burden of debt.
The following building projects are underway or recently complete. Visit the Cone Zone website for a full listing of current infrastructure improvements.
- Phase one of the Student Union opens in summer 2015. When both phases are complete, the new union will enhance services for our students and the entire community through a larger auditorium/performance venue; additional meeting space; a much larger ballroom; a new and expanded book and technology store; and more dining options.
- The Fred D. Brown Jr. Residence Hall opened in fall 2014. It houses about 700 undergraduates and integrates today’s technology with an environmentally conscious living space.
- The John D. Tickle Engineering Building opened in August 2013. It includes classrooms, seminar rooms, laboratories, a lecture theatre, and a pedestrian footbridge that improves access to the Hill from Neyland Drive.
- The Natalie L. Haslam Music Center opened in August 2013. The School of Music’s new state-of-the-art facility includes a 400-seat recital hall, music library, rehearsal rooms, practice rooms, and a sound recording and mixing lab.
- Increase teaching and support expenditures per student
- Increase endowment per student
- Improve physical infrastructure
- Prioritize information technology needs
- Support implementation of campus staff plan
- Identify opportunities for operational effectiveness
- Develop resource model