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Graduate Knoxville

HR Construction Group partnered with AJ Captial Partners to create this high-energy, vibrant-big-orange University of Tennessee pride hotel. Graduate Knoxville, formerly known as The Volunteer Hotel, is another addition to the Graduate Hotel brand that HR Construction Group assisted with constructing. The hotel is located within a short walk from the University of Tennessee and is inspired by the University. The property also features Saloon 16, a western-influenced, high-end tavern built in partnership with University of Tennessee alum Peyton Manning. 



  • Category: Hospitality
  • Location: Knoxville, TN
  • Owner: AJ Capital Partners
  • Architect: Architectural Group International
  • Contract Value: $4 Million¬†
  • Duration: 4 Months


  • Reconfigured public space area with new walls and divided space for registration desk, Poindexter Bar and Saloon 16
  • Demolished space completely and replaced with all new material, paint, flooring, ceiling, lighting, custom wood throughout, and new FF&E
  • Renovated women and men`s restrooms with all new material, partitions, accessories, toilets, faucets, tile flooring, wall tile with chair railing, wall covering and lighting
  • Installed new metal Canopy roof and Porte Cochere Roof
  • Converted existing meeting rooms into Saloon 16 with new tin ceiling, wood paneling, wood flooring, duct work
  • Installed new doors to the exterior new deck area and back bar
NEWH DC Chapter,
Gold Maven Sponsor
AGC of America
Allied Member SM Seal
International Hospitality Institute