UT approved to demolish Stokely Athletics Center, Gibbs Hall

UT approved to demolish Stokely Athletics Center, Gibbs Hall


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The State Building Commission approved demolition plans Thursday for Stokely Athletics Center and Gibbs Hall on the University of Tennessee campus to make way for a new parking garage, residence hall and dining facility, and the expansion of the football practice fields.

UT officials say their goal is to have Stokely and Gibbs removed by summer 2014.

The first stage of the building plan is a 1,000-space parking garage to be built along Volunteer Boulevard, with construction expected to be complete by summer 2015. This part of the project is estimated at $24.4 million dollars, to be financed by parking fees and revenue bonds.

The second stage would be a new co-ed residence hall on the east side of the site, near the current Gibbs Hall location. The new hall is set to feature 600 beds in single-occupancy rooms with shared living areas. The hall's dining facility would be open to all students, faculty and staff. This stage is estimated to cost $64.3 million, to be financed through student housing fees and revenue bonds. Construction is expected to be complete by summer 2016.

The third phase, tentatively set for summer 2016, involves expanding Haslam Field to add more football practice areas. This project would cost $10 million, funded solely by a private donor.

Stokely Athletics Center, built in 1958, closed its doors in December 2012. Gibbs Hall, built in 1963, is currently unoccupied.

The State Building Commission will consider project budgets and proposed building locations at its October meeting.

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