Here comes yet another expansion for the University of Tampa.
The private university that stands along the horizon of downtown Tampa will welcome a new seven-story academic building on campus, while also adding 400 spaces to Thomas parking garage. The parking update should be done by late 2014, officials said, and the rest by early 2015.
The new building will include three floors of academic and administrative space, according to university officials, with a new home for UT's Sykes College of Business Entrepreneurship Center and four floors of parking. An indoor-outdoor cafe will be open on the first floor for students to sip and study.
Three stories, or about 60,000 square feet of the new building, will be dedicated to high-tech classrooms, faculty offices, meeting and study areas, plus a campus safety center and the Sykes entrepreneurship center. The building, to be designed and built by the Beck Group, will be paid for via private gifts and university funds.
In September, UT celebrated the opening of West Kennedy Hall, an 11-story dorm building on Kennedy Boulevard near North Boulevard. It was the school's biggest hall to date and the seventh new residence hall built at UT in the last 15 years.