Halfway point celebrated in new UT music center construction

The last beam well be set into place for the University of Tennessee

Natalie Haslam Music Center design. (Copyright: Associated Music Center Architects)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The last beam well be set into place for the University of Tennessee's new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center in a ceremony celebrating the halfway point in construction on Wednesday.

The ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Music Center's location on the corner of Volunteer Blvd. and Pat Head Summitt St.

The campus is asked to come out and sign the beam before the ceremony between 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

UT Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek and the building's namesake Natalie Haslam will be on hand as the 20 ft steam beam is set into place.

Work began on the new $40 million Music Center in 2010, whcih will include a 400 seat recital hall, three dedicated rehearsal rooms, a recording studio and more.

Natalie and Jim Haslam and the Haslam Family Foundation donated $32.5 million to UT in 2004 and $10 million went to the UT Music School for the building.

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