TAMPA – While demolition of UT’S ResCom residence hall officially began earlier this week, the most visually interesting part of the demolition will occur on Thursday, May 12, when a claw demolishing machine will take down the buildings. Work is set to begin early in the morning.
UT is demolishing the remaining two wings of the 30-year-old ResCom residence hall and will break ground immediately on a new residence hall in its place.
The southern wing of ResCom, which faced North A Street on campus, was demolished in 2014 to make way for the first phase of Palm Apartments, which opened in January 2015.
After demolition of the remaining two wings of ResCom, which face Brevard Avenue and Spaulding Drive, phase two of Palm Apartments will begin. The new nine- and 10-story wings will join with the existing Palm Apartments building. The overall footprint will be similar to the original ResCom configuration, with a courtyard within the three wings.
The new, 252,618 square-foot hall will be fully completed for occupancy in August 2017.
Once the entire $55 million project is completed, the Palm Apartments complex will house approximately 660 students – making it UT’s largest residence hall – as compared to ResCom’s original 234 total occupancy.