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University of Tampa Breaks Ground on 6-Story Academic Building

The iconic minarets of Plant Hall are emblems of the city of Tampa. Their signature silhouettes are signals for higher education, broadening horizons and innovation. Application and retention rates for students continue to soar as UT’s reputation as a premier academic center for business, marketing, creative writing and film grows.

University of Tampa brings innovation and opportunity downtown

Students fall in love with both the university and the city. Development at UT is a harbinger of progress and growth in the community as a whole. In order to accommodate expansions in their health sciences and graduate programs, UT is adding a new 6-story Health Sciences and Graduate Studies building to its campus. The school’s administration broke ground on the site — what is currently the intramural field — and expect the building to be completed by the fall of 2018.


“With this facility we hope to strengthen UT’s health sciences programs with state-of-the-art spaces, including simulation labs, a digital anatomy lab and all the latest health technology and equipment,” UT President Ron Vaughn said. “Plus, this building will enhance our graduate programs.”


This will be UT’s largest academic building

Spanning 90,000 sq. ft., the new academic building will be UT’s largest. Students will be able to take advantage of a state-of-the-art audiovisual system that is designed to capture clinical and learning events for future review.


The first floor will feature general classroom space along with study spaces. The second and third floors will be home to UT’s program in physician assistant studies. The facility includes a clinical skills lab, patient simulation labs, assessment rooms, a digital anatomy lab, offices, a conference room, and a moulage room — a specialized space for applying mock injuries for student training.

30,000 sq. ft. dedicated to school’s nursing program

The fourth and fifth floors will serve as the home of UT’s nursing program. Measuring 30,000 sq. ft., the floors feature a large patient care center, ICU simulation rooms, health assessment clinical spaces, a student lounge and staff offices. The top floor will be complete with 25 faculty offices and other workspaces for graduate students.


While they’ve only just broken ground on the concept, the university already has plans for a twin academic building that will be adjoined to the health sciences center by a skywalk. Construction of the Graduate and Health Sciences Building will be paid for through a combination of individual gifts and University funds.

Construction continues UT’s push to be a green campus

UT’s commitment to create an eco-friendly and sustainable campus is well represented with this latest project. The building was designed to be a candidate for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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