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Two New Buildings Open

The Natalie L. Haslam Music Center and the John D. Tickle Engineering Building are now open. It’s the first time in sixty-four years that we’ve opened two new academic buildings during the same semester.

New Music CenterThe four-floor, 123,000-square-foot Music Center replaces a facility built in 1964 to accommodate 150 students. We now have 400 music students. The new building allows all music programs, faculty, and staff to be under the same roof for the first time, and it has a room large enough to accommodate the entire Pride of the Southland Marching Band.

This fall, we are also celebrating becoming an All-Steinway School. It’s an international mark of music excellence that means at least 90 percent of our pianos are made by Steinway.

Learn more about the Music Center, which will be dedicated in September.

Tickle BuildingThe five-story Tickle Engineering Building has twenty-four laboratories, three conventional classrooms, one lecture hall, three student work spaces, and sixty-three faculty and graduate student offices. It includes a geotechnical laboratory and a high-bay area for both structural testing and asphalt road surface testing. It also provides a bridge linking Neyland Boulevard to the Hill.

A ceremony dedicating the Tickle Building and celebrating the College of Engineering’s 175th anniversary will be held on October 4.

Also open: Our new RecSports Complex on Sutherland Avenue, which features ten multi-use fields for intramural sports.