Leon Williams Contractors, a Maryville-based commercial design-build firm, has been contracted out to help build three new dining options for the UTC students, including a Panda Express, Steak 'n Shake by Biglari, and a Provisions on Demand (P.O.D.) quick-serve store.
“We are excited to work with our dining services partners to offer these great new options to students,” said Dr. Dee Dee Anderson, interim vice chancellor for student development. “The feedback we have been receiving is very positive about these new additions, and we believe these new brand offerings will be terrific for our campus.”
The new dining options will be located in the food court at the University Center.
“We will be constructing three different projects with open food concepts between all three,” said Jimmy Hawkins, president of Leon Williams Contractors. “UTC is always looking for ways to improve the dining experience for students, and this project will give them more name brand options as well as the convenience of a quick-serve store for students on the go. The most challenging part of the process will be keeping the open services functioning while minimizing the disruption.”
Construction is underway with an expected completion date of mid-August so that students will be able to enjoy the new options in the 2017 fall semester.