Work begins on demolishing UT's Stokely Athletics Center

Work begins on demolishing UT's Stokely Athletics Center and Gibbs Hall

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Work has begun on the demolition of Stokely Athletics Center and Gibbs Hall on the University of Tennessee campus.

The university is making way for a new residence hall and dining facility as well as a parking garage at the corner of Volunteer and Lake Loudoun boulevards. There are also plans to expand Haslam Field.

University officials say the first step in demolition is to safely remove asbestos from the buildings' interiors.

Work to remove asbestos has begun on the Stokely building, therefore Johnny Majors Drive has been closed to through traffic. The contractor is doing preliminary demolition work on the upper floods of Gibbs.

Once the asbestos abatement is finished, the buildings will be demolished and the ground prepared for the next phase of work. Demolition is scheduled to be complete by summer.

Plans were released in September on what the university has planned for the site, including a 1,000 space parking garage set to be open by summer 2015 and a 729-room residence hall scheduled to be complete by summer 2016.

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