RBA served as the engineer of record on the University of Tennessee’s John D. Tickle Engineering Building. The five-story building and 113,900-square-feet structure houses the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering along with the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. The concrete superstructure consists of a mild-reinforced, one-way slab and beam system. Intermediate concrete moment-resisting frames are utilized in each direction. Special details were provided in the testing laboratories, such as high-strength anchors installed in a 2′-0″ by 2′-0″ grid pattern in the lab floor. In the high-bay testing lab, two concrete strong walls were constructed. These walls are 6′-0″ thick at the base and cantilever approximately 23′-0″ from the base.
A new pedestrian bridge was installed to connect the new engineering building with the “The Hill” where the other engineering buildings are located. While Strongwell provided the polymer-composite members for the bridge, RBA was in charge of the lateral design of the bridge along with the supporting piers and cables.