The John D. Tickle Engineering Building is a five-story, one hundred ten thousand square foot building that is the featured facility for a prominent new entrance to campus along Neyland Drive. The building is named after John D. Tickle, a University of Tennessee industrial engineering alumnus and chairman of Strongwell Corporation in Bristol, Virginia. Mr. Tickle and his wife, Ann Tickle, a graduate of the UT College of Education, provided significant funding for the building.
Architects for the building were Grieve Associates Architects, with I.C. Thomasson and Ross Bryan Associates serving as engineering partners. Total private and state funding for the building was $23.1 million, and the groundbreaking ceremony took place on December 1, 2009; construction began in January 2011 and the building was dedicated on October 4, 2013.
The first four floors of the building house the laboratories of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), which were previously disbursed across several different buildings on and off campus. Features located on the first floor include multiple high-bay labs while the second floor is home to the American Society of Civil Engineers Project Lab/Student Project Lab, the GeoTech Labs, and the Undergraduate Soils Laboratory. The third floor houses the CEE departmental office, transportation labs, air quality lab, classrooms, computer, and senior design labs, and faculty and graduate student offices. The fourth floor offers classroom, office, and laboratory space as well as a student study area and seminar room.
The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE), previously housed in East Stadium Hall, is located on the fifth floor of the building, where the space includes the departmental offices, laboratory space, faculty and graduate student offices, and a large conference room.
Contemporary in both design and function, the building features sweeping views of the Tennessee River with common seating areas designed to accommodate faculty, staff, students, and visitors. The facility also features a unique water feature in its second floor lobby.
Unique to this building and to the Knoxville campus is a pedestrian bridge donated by Strongwell Corporation and manufactured from the company's pultruded fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) structural components. Enhancing pedestrian access, this bridge is a signature element that provides both a visual and physical connection from the John D. Tickle Engineering Building to the center of the engineering campus on “the Hill.”
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