The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, The Student Union (Phase 1)

Knoxville, Tennessee


The University of Tennessee


144,018 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


Associated firms: Wilbur Smith Associates (Civil), Carol R. Johnson Associates (Landscaping), Ross Bryan Associates (Structural), I.C. Thomasson Associates (Mechanical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Electrical/Security), Larry Kimbro & Associates (Food Services), Waveguide Consulting Inc. (Telecommunications/AV), ZE Design (Graphics and Wayfinding), Rentenbach Constructors Inc. (General Contractor)

Envisioned as an entirely student-focused facility, the new University of Tennessee Student Union meets the needs and expectations of today’s college student.
Central to the heart of campus activity, the Student Union provides a delightful assimilation of spatial activities necessary for today’s youth-oriented student life experiences.
This first phase asserts itself as a bright spot on campus: conveniently situated, flooded with natural light and focused on encouraging both social interaction and career resource connections.
As an organizing agent, circulation across campus is reinforced in the design through a blend of open garden plaza ways and “living room spaces” used to gather and collaborate.
Serving students’ programmatic needs, the initial phase incorporates a book and supply store, technology store, coffee shop, central campus retail dining with five food concepts, and The Center for Career Development.
The final phase will include additional dining facilities, a recreation center, offices for student organizations, a 1,000-seat auditorium, ballroom, meeting rooms, student support offices and other campus administration functions.

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Gold Citation

Featured in

2016 Educational Interiors Showcase

Interior category

Student Centers/Service Areas

Product suppliers specified

Brick/Masonry by General Shale
Ceilings by Armstrong World Industries
Ceramic Tile by Atlas
Door Hardware by Von Duprin
Door Hardware by Rockwood
Doors by Eggers
Doors by Steelcraft
Elevators by ThyssenKrupp Access
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Paint/Wallcoverings by ScuffMaster
Plumbing by Kohler
Plumbing by Zurn
Roofing by Ludowici
Lighting & Accessories by Hubbell Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Barbican Architectural Products
Lighting & Accessories by Neidhardt
Lighting & Accessories by Prudential Lighting
Cafeteria Furniture by Kimball
Cafeteria Furniture by Falcon
Cafeteria Furniture by KI
Classroom Furniture by Haworth
Computer Furniture by Haworth
Library/Media Center Furniture by National Office Furniture
Lounge Furniture by Global Casework
Draperies/Blinds by Hunter Douglas
Waste Receptacles by Rubbermaid
Carpet by Mohawk Commercial Carpet
Carpet by Masland
Flooring by Mohawk Commercial Carpet
Ceramic Tile by Royal Mosa
Ceramic Tile by Florida Tile
Door Hardware by Stanley
Door Hardware by Hager
Roofing by Firestone Building Products
Windows by Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope
Lighting & Accessories by Bega
Lighting & Accessories by Boyd Lighting Fixture Co
Lighting & Accessories by Spectrum Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Lightolier
Lighting & Accessories by Axis Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Kim Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by MODA Light
Windows by Tech Lighting
Windows by WAC Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Lukas Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Con-Tech Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Lumenpulse
Lighting & Accessories by Lutron
Emergency Lighting by Philips
Emergency Lighting by Lightolier
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Tyco
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by SimplexGrinnell
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Ruskin
Locks by Best Access Systems
Lounge Furniture by Davis Furniture
Lounge Furniture by KI
Lounge Furniture by Geiger
Lounge Furniture by Coalesse
Office Furniture by Haworth
Office Furniture by Arcadia
Office Furniture by Knoll
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Hand-Drying Equipment by Dyson
Washroom Accessories by Koala Kare
Washroom Accessories by Bobrick
Washroom Fixtures by Kohler
Washroom Fixtures by Zurn
Washroom/Shower Partitions by Scranton Products
HVAC Units by LG
HVAC Units by York
HVAC Units by Johnson Controls
HVAC Control Devices by Johnson Controls
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