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The University of Tennessee Pat Summitt Plaza

Photo by Denise Retallack

IBI Group’s landscape architecture team designed the Pat Summitt Plaza which provides a permanent tribute to the iconic Lady Vols basketball coach, and celebrates her success as one of the all-time winning coaches in the history of sports.


Client
University of Tennessee
Location
Knoxville, TN
2013 Completed

The Plaza, located at a major campus entrance and the intersection of two primary streets, greets visitors as they arrive for daily life and for events at nearby sporting venues. A curved and canted wall embossed with the famous coach’s signature and records retains a steep slope that creates a dramatic backdrop for a greater-than-life bronze statue of Pat Summitt.

Raised on a podium above the plaza, the statue is accessible to all and is reflective of Pat’s relationship with her friends, family, athletes and fans. Elements of the design subtly recall the various court floors she stood upon and the number of nets she victoriously cut. The plaza is quickly becoming a revered and pleasant place for gathering on campus.

Statue of Pat Summit
Photo by Denise Retallack
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Outstanding Design Award

2014

Landscape Architecture,
By American School & University School Design

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