The Christman Company awarded new University of Tennessee project

The Christman Company has been awarded a two-phase construction project for the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) to demolish and rebuild its Ellington Plant Sciences building.

The project will begin this fall, starting with construction of a 20,000-square-foot permanent building that will house the facility and staff members from the current Ellington facility. In the second phase, the current Ellington Plant Sciences building will be demolished and replaced by an additional 160,000-square-foot facility.

“This project for the UT Institute of Agriculture and the University of Tennessee will provide flexible and modern research and education spaces,” said Marty Gibbs, vice president and general manager for Christman’s Knoxville operations. “We appreciate the opportunity to bring another major addition to the UT campus.”

The $67 million project, officially called the Energy and Environmental Science Research Building, will include teaching and research labs, offices, classrooms and a 500-seat teaching and learning center. It will house several UTIA departments – including biosystems engineering and soil science; entomology and plant pathology; plant sciences; animal science; and forestry, wildlife and fisheries – along with the UTIA Safety Office.

The Christman team will work with design partners BarberMcMurry Architects and Lord Aeck Sargent on the project.

Christman’s recent University of Tennessee projects include the recently opened $187 million, 390,000-square-foot University of Tennessee Student Union; the Ken and Blaire Mossman Building, a $96 million, 250,000-square-foot science facility; and the UT West Campus Housing Development, a $63 million, village-style complex.

About The Christman Company

The Christman Company, founded in 1894, is one of the country’s leading professional construction services firms. The company’s award-winning services include construction management, general contracting, design/build, program management, real estate development, and self-perform skilled trades. Christman specializes in a variety of construction markets, including government, higher and K12 education, industrial and power, healthcare, and corporate office. Ranked at 110 in the Engineering News-Record ENR 400 top contractors nationally and 63 in the ENR 100 Construction Management-at-Risk firms , Christman has more than $3 billion in construction underway managed by 400 professional employees in 10 different office locations throughout the Southeast U.S., the Midwest, the Southwest U.S., and the mid-Atlantic. For more information, visit, and connect on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.