By Jennifer Brake
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.