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Teaching and Learning Center

This guide is intended to support users of Pendergrass Library throughout the construction of the College of Veterinary Medicine's Teaching and Learning Center facilities.

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Welcome and Announcements!

UPCOMING May 12, 2021: Pendergrass will be closed starting May 12 for sprinkler installation. Please refer to the Construction Impacts page for information regarding the duration of the close and how to schedule access to the Pendergrass services and spaces prior to this project.

April 7, 2021: The one block eastbound curb lane of Joe Johnson Dr next to Pendergrass Library will be temporarily closed from April 2021 to April 2022 for construction of the Teaching and Learning Center. More information can be found on the Construction Impacts page.

January 26, 2021: Pendergrass and the POD are open! Visit the Construction Impacts page for information on how to enter Pendergrass and the POD.

December 9, 2020: The brick foyer entrance to Pendergrass Library is closed. To visit Pendergrass, use River Dr., the street that runs parallel with Neyland Dr. There will be a walkway between Pendergrass Library and the College of Veterinary Medicine's Small Animal Clinic. Take the pedestrian gate, and the entrance to the library's foyer will be on the left. Call us at 865-974-7338 if you have any difficulties accessing the library.

What is the Teaching and Learning Center?

The Teaching and Learning Center is a 19,375 gross-square-foot addition to the Veterinary Medical Center that will contain our simulation laboratory, 125 seat lecture theater, new laboratory space, and informal gathering space for the UT Institute for Agriculture’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The Teaching and Learning Center will also become a new “front door” to Pendergrass Library.

For more information, please visit Facility Services's website.

Timeline of Construction

  • Construction starts: October 2020
    • Phase 1: October 5, 2020-December 8, 2020
      • Pendergrass Library foyer closes.
      • Brick foyer entrance to Pendergrass opens.
    • Phase 2: December 9, 2020 - April 2022
      • December 2020: Entrance to Pendergrass Library moves to River Drive entrance.
      • Summer 2021: Sprinkler installation begins.
  • Expected Completion: April 2022