The University of Tennessee, Student Union – Phase II

Knoxville, Tennessee


The University of Tennessee


251,070 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


The Student Union Phase II serves as the premier meeting and event space for the entire campus, housing essential services such as the Visitor Information Center, dining venues, post office, print and copy shop, and credit union. The heart of the design provides “living rooms” for students. The large atrium and seating areas provide opportunities for students to find quieter moments or meet with friends throughout the day.

The auditorium offers an advanced program venue along with a 12,000-square-foot ballroom, outfitted with movable walls that support other event opportunities. Other amenities include a tiered seminar room to accommodate meetings of the Student Government Association (SGA) and Faculty Senate. The Executive Dining Room elegantly hosts campus leaders, business meetings and visiting dignitaries.

The Union also is home to offices for SGA, Dean of Students, Center for Student Engagement, Jones Center for Leadership & Service, Sorority & Fraternity Life and student organizations. A recreation area features video gaming, billiards, table tennis and an event venue. An art gallery features student works, prized permanent collection pieces and travelling exhibits.

Additional Information

Associated Firm

BarberMcMurry Architects, McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects and Interior Designers



Cost per Sq Ft


Featured in

2019 Architectural Portfolio

Interior category

Student Centers/Service Areas

Product suppliers specified

Ceilings by Armstrong World Industries
Ceramic Tile by Atlas
Ceramic Tile by US Ceramic Tile
Ceramic Tile by Florida Tile
Door Hardware by Adams Rite
Door Hardware by Best Access Systems
Door Hardware by Forms + Surfaces
Doors by Eggers
Doors by Steelcraft
Doors by Overly Door Co.
Elevators by ThyssenKrupp Access
Insulation by Owens Corning
Insulation by Armacell
Movable Partitions/Walls by Modernfold
Paint/Wallcoverings by IdeaPaint
Paint/Wallcoverings by ScuffMaster
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Paint/Wallcoverings by PPG Industries
Plumbing by Zurn
Lighting & Accessories by Camman Industries
Lighting & Accessories by Kim Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Bega
Lighting & Accessories by Hubbell Lighting
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by SimplexGrinnell
Security Systems by SimplexGrinnell
Locks by Best Access Systems
Card Systems by SimplexGrinnell
Auditorium/Assembly Furniture by Irwin Seating
Classroom Furniture by Haworth
Lounge Furniture by Coalesse
Lounge Furniture by National Office Furniture
Lounge Furniture by HBF
Lounge Furniture by Gunlocke
Lounge Furniture by Keilhauer
Lounge Furniture by Davis Furniture
Lounge Furniture by Allermuir
Lounge Furniture by Geiger
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Sandler Seating
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Nucraft
Office Furniture by Haworth
Office Furniture by Encore Lighting
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Washroom Fixtures by Zurn
Washroom Fixtures by Kohler
HVAC Units by York
HVAC Control Devices by Ruskin
HVAC Control Devices by Johnson Controls
Draperies/Blinds by Lutron
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Eisys
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Claridge
Benches/Site Furnishings by Columbia Cascade
Bicycle Racks by Columbia Cascade
Brick/Masonry by General Shale
Benches/Site Furnishings by Rain Bird
Paving by Oldcastle Architectural
Waste Receptacles by Columbia Cascade
Carpet by Shaw
Carpet by Interface
Carpet by Mohawk Commercial Carpet
Carpet by Patcraft
Carpet by Forbo Flooring Systems
Carpet by Bentley Prince Street
Carpet by Karastan
Flooring by Armstrong World Industries
Flooring by Forbo Flooring Systems
Flooring by Plyboo
Flooring by Duraflex
Flooring by Casa Grande
Flooring by Mannington
Flooring by Dal-Tile
Flooring by Crossville
Brick/Masonry by General Shale
Plumbing by Kohler
Roofing by Ludowici
Skylights by CPI Daylighting Inc
Windows by Oldcastle Architectural
Lighting & Accessories by OCL Architectural Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Architectural Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by MODA Light
Lighting & Accessories by Lithonia Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Philips
Lighting & Accessories by PMC Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Kirlin
Lighting & Accessories by Focal Point
Lighting & Accessories by Columbia Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by WAC Lighting
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