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Rhodes College boasts acres of woods and gothic stone architecture that is reminiscent of the UK’s Oxford campus. Thirteen of the college’s historic buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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University of Memphis previews spacious new University Center
the Commercial Appeal | By Chris Conley
University of Memphis archaeology graduate student Ryan Parish takes his daughter, Ali, 2, on a tour of the new University Center on Monday afternoon. Some of the new building opens for business this week in preparation for a grand opening next Monday.
Photo by Jim Weber
Scattered around the University of Memphis campus are metal signs that read "CU @ the UC." The "UC," the new University Center, doesn't officially open until next Monday, but it's already drawing rave reviews from the UofM community it's intended to serve. "It looks very open," said senior Jena Eubanks. At 173,000 square feet, the $50 million project "gives the illusion it is bigger than it is," she said. "I really love it," senior Ashley Smith said. "It's very modern." "It gives us a hearthstone, a living room to connect and create even more diversity," said Ron Crawford, assistant director of the center. Inside work on the building was about 70 percent complete as the week began.
Inside the three-story red-brick building, intense natural light streams through a huge skylight in the middle. The layout helps pull the light into the offices, technology hubs, meeting halls, the 1,000-seat ballroom and the 350-seat theater. The natural lighting is enhanced by hanging reflectors that direct the light into what would otherwise be dark areas. It's a concept borrowed from ancient Egyptian constructions, Crawford said. Between 4,000 and 6,000 people are expected to move through the building in a given day.
The University Center represents the largest capital construction project in campus history. The 260,000-square-foot Ned R. McWherter Library, which opened in 1994, cost $26.5 million to construct. A $24.8 million living complex, with 486 beds, is expected to be completed by summer on the western edge of the campus. A food court on the University Center ground floor contains a Burger King Whopper Bar; a Taco Bell Express; Miso noodle, rice and sushi restaurant; Topio's classic pizza; Bistro Nineteen Twelve (no connection to Cafe 1912 on Cooper); and Tiger's of Memphis. There's also a Dunkin' Donuts in the building.
"We wanted something that was open, appealing and light," said Reb Haizlip, the building architect, "something to bring people together from all parts of the campus." Haizlip, who designed The Children's Museum of Memphis on Central, worked on the University Center for six years. The concept was to marry a traditional, monumental exterior consistent with the rest of the campus architecture with a more adventurous inside construction. "If we control the lighting, people will be magnetically attracted to being there," Haizlip said. "We carved a hole in the middle of the building and filled it with natural light," he said. "I think it will be a focal point for the campus," said Laura Hoffman, an employee in the second-floor Involvement Zone, where student organizations have offices. "It was a dreary day the other day," she said, "but it was so bright when I came in here."
Plough Foundation awards UT Health Science Center $4.5 million
the Commercial Appeal | By Toby Sells
Construction is under way on the University of Tennessee Health Science Center's College of Pharmacy building at the UT-Baptist Research Park. The project has received $4.5 million from the Plough Foundation to build a new lab for producing and testing pharmaceuticals.
While the first four floors of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center's College of Pharmacy building are expected to open Oct. 20, Dick Gourley has his sights set on the end of 2011. That's when UTHSC can expand its drug-making program after a $4.5 million grant from the Plough Foundation Wednesday established the Plough Center for Sterile Drug Delivery Systems. The center will give students access to real-world drug manufacturing processes and give smaller pharmaceutical companies a venue to make right-sized batches of their experimental drugs. Gourley, dean of the College of Pharmacy, said the center will be used to manufacture small batches of injectable drugs for companies testing them in early-stage clinical trials. This, he said, will help attract students and businesses to Memphis. "The center will be able to do a lot of work that most folks can't, like working with orphan drugs and small batches," Gourley said. "It's hard to find a facility like that in the U.S. right now, especially one with the experience of our faculty." Orphan drugs are developed to treat illnesses that affect only a small number of people. UTHSC has had such a program for roughly 40 years, Gourley said, and it generates about $1.5 million per year in grants and contracts. The new lab is expected to bring in $4 million to $5 million per year, he said. For generations, (the center) will have a significant measurable impact on education, research, health care for our citizens and service to the community," said Scott McCormick, executive director of the Plough Foundation. "It will also serve as a catalyst for entrepreneurial endeavors in the local pharmaceutical industry."
The 5,800 square-foot facility will be built on the sixth floor of the building now under construction at the UT-Baptist Research Park in the Medical District. The new $65 million pharmacy building will consolidate UTHSC's pharmacy faculty, staff and students who are now housed in six different buildings on campus. Gourley is now looking for roughly $9.6 million in funds to "finish the building from top to bottom." He said he hopes to turn the basement into a manufacturing facility for capsule drugs. University of Tennessee Health Science Center (2009) -Research funding: $88 million, Student enrollment: 2,851, Pharmacy students: 725
Memphis Theological Seminary to invest $4.2M in campus expansion
Memphis Business Journal
Memphis Theological Seminary unveiled the beginning of a multi-phase expansion and beautification plan at a press conference Thursday. The $4.2 million first phase of the capital campaign has three major components: developing the west portion of the campus with landscape beautification; restoring the fountain on the front portico of the building and improving irrigation and lighting; and constructing a new chapel building.
Ruby Wharton, a Memphis Theological Seminary trustee, said the construction of a free-standing chapel will be on Union Avenue, with groundbreaking projected for late 2011. “In keeping with the limestone and marble facade of this historic building (Founders Hall), the new chapel and any future buildings will have the same look,” Wharton said. “In addition, the expanded campus will be designed using good urban planning guidelines that mirror the desires of our Midtown neighbors.” Ralph and Barbara Hamilton donated the lead gift of $1 million. The donation is intended to support the building of the chapel.
Memphis Theological Seminary president Jay Earheart-Brown said that despite encouragement to relocate the seminary throughout the years, it remains committed to deepening and expanding its roots in Midtown Memphis. It is located at 2385 Union Avenue. “It is because of the commitment to the people of Memphis and the entire Mid-South region that leads us to launch Phase I of a multi-year campus expansion and beautification plan,” he said. Earheart-Brown pointed out several benefits of the campus expansion despite this time of economic uncertainty.
As the campus expands through the construction of new buildings and increased enrollment, Memphis will benefit from jobs created for the landscaping and construction projects, an increase in housing needs and money spent at local stores and restaurants by a larger student body. Memphis Theological Seminary has a total enrollment of 405 students.
UT seeks to build clinic for primary care
Memphis Business Journal - by Christopher Sheffield
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center hopes to build a $45 million Clinical Services Building/Primary Care Center south of the campus on a Union Avenue site currently occupied by Scottish Rite Cathedral.
Memphis College of Art interim president Ken Strickland and Jonathan Welden at building being renovated to handle graduate school classes.
Photo Credit : ALAN HOWELL | MBJ
Tommie Henderson heads up a new charter school focused on law and business in Court Square Center.
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