UT Student Union




Knoxville, TN

142,000 sf

The cornerstone of the University of Tennessee's ongoing campus transformation opened in the Fall of 2015. The first phase of this long-awaited Student Union is a 142,000 square foot building functioning as a new central hub where students, faculty, and staff can meet, eat, and relax. The Student Union provides much needed space to enhance services for the University's 27,000+ students.

The $167 million facility is a contemporary approach to collegiate Gothic design, which seeks to honor UT's heritage and it's promise for the future. Large glass expanses and an outdoor plaza provide visitors with views of the Hill, Neyland Stadium and the west side of campus.

The building's interior features orange accents and its large rooms are designed for student's to study and socialize with comfortable spaces for meetings and group collaborations. Alumni accomplishments, campus icons, and points of interest are displayed through large-scale graphics and an artistic mural.

The second and final phase of construction has begun and is set to be completed in Spring 2018. When finished, the building will offer approximately eight dining establishments, with more than 1,000 dining seats. It will include a 1,000 seat auditorium, a 12,000 square foot ball room, and additional meeting rooms and office space.

The building was delivered through a joint venture team of BarberMcMurry architects/McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects and Interior Designers.