News Sentinel: Bridging the gap: UT, donor believe new building will improve state of education
The Knoxville News Sentinel gives readers an inside look of UT’s John D. Tickle Engineering Building, now under construction. The $23.1 million, 110,000-square-foot building will be the second engineering building to go up on campus in as many years. The college, however, has seen such enrollment growth in the last five years — a 37 percent uptick among undergraduates — that it will be filled to capacity as soon as it moves into the new Tickle building. The Tickle building is named for its donor, John Tickle. The building and a bridge connecting it to the Hill will use fiberglass-reinforced plastic beams manufactured by Tickle’s company, Strongwell Corp.