A groundbreaking ceremony for the Fine Arts Building Phase I renovation and addition project at the University of Tennessee at Martin that will more than double the space has been set for Feb. 1.
A reception and ceremony are planned for 11 a.m. in Paul Meek Library before the groundbreaking at the site. Among those speaking during the ceremony will be University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro, UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Jerald Ogg.
The $13 million project will place all of the university’s fine arts programs in one building.
The project consists of the renovation of the existing 54,702 square foot building as well as approximately 60,000 square feet of additional space.
The final building footprint will increase to the north, south and east by a total of almost 25,000 square feet and is scheduled to be completed in time for fall semester 2012.
The building is specifically designed to meet the needs of the Departments of Music and Visual and Theatre Arts, including more than 35 office spaces, 23 practice rooms, three rehearsal halls, two lecture halls, 12 large and specialized studios, five classrooms, computer labs, band library, chamber music room, art display areas and storage space.
Special acoustical consideration has been given to the sound-sensitive areas as well as technology advances for lighting and sound.
For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at 731-881-7615.