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VOL. 112 | NO. 21 | Tuesday, February 10, 1998

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By CAMILLE H UT-Memphis starts renovating Nash building Bids expected to open within the month for phase three of Link project, office space By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News The University of Tennessee-Memphis has started construction on a $2.26 million renovation to the fourth floor of the Nash Building at 894 Union Ave., a project that is part of the universitys 20-year facilities master plan approved in 1996. The renovation will bring the research laboratories on the floor up to current requirements, said UT-Memphis director of facilities planning Bob Vowell. Grinder Brothers Construction is the general contractor on the project. The University of Tennessee board of directors in early 1996 approved a 20-year facilities master plan for the Memphis campus that includes three phases estimated to cost more than $84 million. The plan, prepared by the Pickering Firm, addresses a number of needs predicted to result from a 14 percent increase in student enrollment. The Nash building renovation is part of the first phase of the universitys 20-year plan, which also includes the Wittenborg/Link/Faculty project. That project consists of renovating two existing buildings and constructing a third building linking them together. The buildings house laboratories and faculty offices. The Link building is complete, and phase three of the project is in the design phase. The third phase consists of renovating three floors in the Wittenborg building and two floors in the Faculty building Inman Construction was the contractor for the first two phases of the Wittenborg/Link/Faculty project. Jim Evans of Nathan Evans Taylor Coleman is the architect on phase three of the Link project. "The drawings are complete and are being reviewed in Knoxville right now," Evans said. "The project should be out to bid in the next two to three weeks." Evans said phase three, the final phase of the project, is basically a renovation to bring the floors up to contemporary standards. "Of the five floors, four are laboratories and one is office space for the dean of the College of Pharmacy," Evans said. The total Link project, started in 1988, is estimated at approximately $31.4 million. A bid also recently was awarded to renovate office space on the fourth floor of the 66 Pauline building, which is also part of the first phase of the master plan, Vowell said. "It's about a $350,000 project to prepare office space for the general counsel offices," Vowell said. "Riverbirch General Contractors is the general contractor." Other projects in the design phase at UT-Memphis include renovating and upgrading elevators in the Dobbs Research building and Bowld Hospital. Rob Horrell and John Mundinger are the architects on the projects. Other projects in the first phase of the 20-year master plan include the design of a new College of Pharmacy building. The planning for this project is expected to cost about $800,000, which will come from state funds. The actual construction of the building is estimated at $26.5 million. The new space would consolidate all of pharmacys administrative, teaching and research functions, which currently are housed in three buildings. Projects in Phases II and III which are on the 20-year "wish list" for the university include further renovating the Nash Building and constructing a south parking garage, a central energy facility, a new College of Allied Health Sciences building, a new College of Nursing building and a visitors center. A fourth phase Future Phase Development is included in the plan. Depending on changes in the next few years, the phase may include new research facilities, a new building for the College of Social Work and expansion of the Dunn College of Dentistry building.

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