Building Toward The Future
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will begin clearing ground this fall for an additional business school building. The estimated $227 million-dollar structure comes on the heels of nearly a decade of exponential growth in the campus’ business student population.
McCarty Holsaple McCarty (MHM) and Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA) have been chosen as the architectural team for the facility, which will be funded through a mix of state, university, private, and college-level funding. The goal is to raise a significant share of the money—$100 million—through private philanthropy.
“Our undergraduate enrollment has more than doubled in the last 10 years from 3,500 students to more than 7,000,” said Stephen L. Mangum, dean and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair at Haslam. “As our student population has grown, so have the resource needs necessary to continue to provide excellent education and opportunities. We have added classes, faculty, advisors, international education staff, and career management support. This additional building will allow us to continue to meet student needs, attract best in class faculty who create world changing knowledge and applied research, and partner more widely and deeply with businesses and other organizations that depend on the college for its graduates and thought leadership.”
The new, state-of-the-art facility will house classrooms, research centers and labs, graduate and executive education facilities, formal and informal gathering places, food services, and office spaces. The 300,000-square-foot building will be second only in size to the Student Union on campus. Three existing buildings across Volunteer Boulevard from Stokely Management Center will come down to accommodate construction. The college will create space in Stokely to accommodate some faculty in other colleges during the temporary displacement.
Lane Morris, associate dean of undergraduate studies and student affairs and the John W. Fisher Professor of Innovative Learning, said the entire campus will benefit from the new building. “In terms of degree completion, seven of the largest 25 majors at UT are located within Haslam,” Morris said. “In addition, many of our business competitions and resources are open to students campus wide. We offer interdisciplinary minors and programming. Our hope is to create a cutting-edge facility of which the entire university can be proud.”
THE NEW BUSINESS BUILDING IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN 2027. TO LEARN MORE OR TO MAKE A SUPPORTIVE GIFT, PLEASE VISIT HASLAM.UTK.EDU/FUTURE