Architect Chosen for Oak Ridge Conference Center

Source: The Oak Rider | Benjamin Pounds | February 2, 2021

Oak Ridge City Council authorized the spending of up to $185,000 in state funds to design and renovate an area between the American Museum of Science and Energy and JCPenney department store for use as a conference center.
Source: Ben Pounds/The Oak Ridger

The Oak Ridge City Council recently and unanimously approved an agreement with an architectural firm of up to $185,000 to design and renovate a conference center in the space next to the American Museum of Science and Energy.

A memo from Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson stated the funding will come from the state of Tennessee rather than city tax funds, and Council will need to vote on any expenses above $185,000.

The memo states the conference center is planned for the 13,500 square feet pf currently empty space in between the American Museum of Science and Energy and JCPenney. It would also be close to TownePlace Suites by Mariott Knoxville Oak Ridge.

Watson has said Consolidated Nuclear Security, which currently runs Y-12 National Security Complex, “initiated” the process of asking for the facility in Oak Ridge. However, he said the city of Oak Ridge will manage the facility and pay the rent to RealtyLink, the owner of the property.

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