UT to acquire White Avenue houses for new lab building
published: May 23 2013 02:27 PM updated:: May 23 2013 02:45 PM

The Tennessee State Building Commission recently granted the University of Tennessee approval for the purchase of three properties on White Avenue in Fort Sanders to build a new classroom and laboratory facility on Cumberland Avenue.

The large houses are currently on the property at 1302, 1308 and 1312 White Avenue. They will be replaced by a new four-to-five story building, identified as Class Lab Building 1, that will provide approximately 200,000 gross square feet of new academic space, according to a press release from UT Media Relations.

The UT campus master plan that provides a long-range vision for the Knoxville campus identified a need for 560,000 more gross square feet for classrooms and laboratories.

The new Class Lab Building 1 will house portions of microbiology, biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology, psychology, nutrition, a vivarium, shared laboratories and general-purpose classrooms, according to the press release.

UT will seek approval from the City of Knoxville to close 13th Street from Cumberland to White Avenue for the project.

Editor: Jessica Carr

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