Soon-to-be completed construction projects at the University of Tampa
will improve the spiritual, health and intellectual needs of its student
body with a new chapel, health center and science building.
The Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith
is a 12,750-square-foot vaulted structure situated north of North B Street across from Brevard Hall
Its east-west design takes advantage of natural light and houses a pipe
organ, main hall, meeting and meditation rooms and vestibule that will
facilitate the many faiths that will inhabit the building for meetings,
seminars, concerts, ceremonies and other spiritual programs by a diverse
community of multiple faiths, including Judaism, Christian and Muslim.
new student health center replaces one that could no longer meet the
needs of the university's growing population. It's 10,300 square feet
houses a waiting area, eight exam rooms, a triage space, pharmacy, staff
offices, holding rooms and counseling spaces. It is located at North
Brevard Avenue and North A Street.
A new science annex is located on the north end of campus near the Cass Building
and includes approximately 8,000 square feet of space that houses
organic chemistry labs and offices on the second floor, and biology
labs, offices and a 35-seat general-use classroom on the first floor.
The general-use classroom can be converted to a 20-station instructional
lab when needed.
Although the health center and science annex are the university's first LEED
buildings, there are other ongoing efforts to make the campus
environmentally responsible. "All new residence halls have been equipped
with low-flow toilets, shower heads and faucets," says Eric Cardenas,
UT's director of public information and publications. "New buildings
have computer monitored building management systems and timers to avoid
Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source: Eric Cardenas, University of Tampa