UT Students Help Bring Potable Water to KY Town

image1During the week of March 16-20, a group of University of Tennessee, Knoxville students and their faculty and professional advisers traveled to Kentucky to spend their spring break constructing a facility they had conceived and designed.

Through Knox ProCorps, two of Cannon & Cannon’s own, Tim Tucker and Jeff Meadow, joined professionals from Merit Construction, Paulk+Co, and McAbee Hayes in assisting the students with the design and construction of a potable water kiosk and farmers market pavilion at the Red Bird facility in Clay County, KY.

Knox ProCorps is providing electrical and plumbing oversight for the project, which will include constructing a potable water station for people in Beverly, Kentucky where they can pay a minimal fee to fill up containers with potable water.

image2The interdisciplinary project combines the expertise of faculty and students from the College of Nursing, the College of Architecture and Design, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Law Enforcement Innovation Center to address Clay County’s needs.

During their time in Clay County, the students learned invaluable lessons in design and construction as they built the project. When they returned home at the end of the week, the project was approximately 80 percent complete. A follow up trip is planned for April 11-12 in order to complete the project.

We wish everyone the best of luck this weekend!