Friday, January 09, 2009

city life woes


If you've lived or worked anywhere near campus in the past few months, you should have noticed a constant, loud, and obnoxious "construction" noise drowning out every other sound outside. Actually, I can't even remember when it started. I can literally see the men at work on the corner of Cumberland and 11th street from my window, and every morning for a while now, the drilling starts, and it lasts until sundown. So soothing.

I tend to ignore certain predicaments like this with the assumption that they will just go away (yes, a slight misconception on my part), but the racket has been non-stop and is taking a toll on my emotional well-being.

I finally asked someone the other day what they've been doing. They said UT was getting a new engineering building. (Can you tell by now I don't really read the news?) Apparently some GPS-making hot shot who graduated from UT decided he wanted to give back to his alma mater. So he donated money for the new building, and I do thank him for that, immensely. But....

Does anyone know if the end is in sight for this project? As much as I like an early morning jackhammer, I can't wait to do without.

[author's note: I wrote this last night, and this morning, I heard not a sound.]

12 comments:

ck said...

i went by there on saturday, and from the looks of it, the foundation work will be done this month, so the construction should get quieter (just hammering and heavy equipment).

and while i'm all for a dense campus centered around the historic hill, did they really need to build on that spot? alice almost cried when they ripped down all those 100 year old trees. way to go, ut.

Jeremy said...

Projected completion is 2010... glad I don't live near there...

Discordia said...

The hammering may be done in the next few months, but the building isn't slated to open until 2011, and thats if it even opens on time...

Discordia said...

http://www.engr.utk.edu/news/releases/groundbreak.html

Sorry for the double post, but I found this two seconds later.

My google-fu isn't nearly as strong as it used to be :-x.

The Modern Gal said...

Ugh, I'm sorry, B. I lived in a construction zone in Nashville and I didn't get a good night's sleep for an entire year. It really does take a toll on your well being.

I hated that they cut those trees down too. That was such a beautiful little spot.

Triphoppin said...

Just glad I don't have to deal with the noise, but it has been an eyesore forever.

Discordia said...

Cheer up The Modern Gal...as part of this project they're going to renew the creekside park area across from the building.

Not all is lost.

max. said...

That would be Mr. Garmin. Or the dude who started Garmin.

http://www.engr.utk.edu/news/releases/groundbreak.html

Give a , give a , give a Garmin! Remember the annoying ad campaign before Christmas? Yeah, blame that guy.

Honestly I don't hear construction in my corner of the Fort, but I do hear my new neighbors and I can attest to noise having an affect on one's well being.

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Anonymous said...

Even the dude working the jackhammer looks pissed.

I love that you had the nerve to take his pic =)

max. said...

where's the guy in the background going with the skill saw?

Big B said...

i didn't have the nerve to take his pic. i found him on the internet. sorry for the misleading news coverage. (it's too cold for a sleeveless garment anyway)