The new Tutwiler dormitory will accommodate more than 1200 freshmen students in two-person rooms with private bathrooms in each room, lounges and dormitory spaces in traditional style. The project is valued at $ 144.9 million. (University of Alabama rendering)
The signs of even more growth on the University of Alabama (UA) campus are clear as several construction projects are underway costing hundreds of millions of dollars in total, many of which will affect the greater Tuscaloosa area.
Construction takes up much of the summer on campus, with UA purposely doing as much work as possible throughout the season to minimize disability for students and faculty during the fall and spring semesters.
Tim Leopard, UA’s Associate Vice President for Construction, told AL.com, a nationwide intelligence service, that there are several construction projects on campus this summer, along with other projects that are about to begin and collectively more than $ 350 million Cost dollars. These include the New Tutwiler Residence Hall, the brand new Hewson Hall, and 2nd Avenue Overpass.
The budget listed for each project is what Leopard calls the “total project cost”. This includes construction, infrastructure, landscaping and paving, as well as non-construction costs such as IT systems, wireless networks, audiovisual components, furniture, architectural fees – all that a project costs through its planning, design and construction.
New Tutwil dormitory
Located on the northeast corner of 10th Avenue and 12th Street in Tuscaloosa, the new Tutwiler Hall will accommodate more than 1200 freshmen in two-person en-suite rooms. In addition, lounges and common rooms are part of the design.
Construction began in June 2019 with a budget of $ 144.9 million.
TurnerBatson Architects in Birmingham designed the dormitory, with BL Harbert LLC, based in Birmingham, responsible for building the 1,284-bed facility.
The new Tutwiler student residence is currently scheduled to open in August 2022.
It will be the third dormitory on the university campus to be built over 100 years in honor of Julia Tutwiler, a 19th-century Alabama advocate of education and prison reform.
On its website, UA Maps points out that the new dormitory is specially tailored to the needs of students and supports annual move-in events and summer camps.
“Each level of the building includes smaller, intimate, communal-style living and study spaces to promote a sense of comfort and togetherness,” reads a description on the university campus. “This new dorm will also include on-site fitness facilities and a multipurpose room that doubles as a storm shelter and provides space for residents to hold group and social gatherings.”
Tutwiler inventory demolition and site renovation
Shortly before completion of the new Tutwiler Hall next summer, the demolition of the older dormitory will begin.
The structure is currently slated to implode on July 4, 2022 at a cost of $ 10 million.
This proposed work will extend the existing 270,225 gross sq.-ft. Dormitory before the development of the site to stabilize the area affected by the demolition. In addition, the pedestrian walkways and utilities required for the maintenance of the new dormitory will be improved, and the crews will build a parking area for the new Tutwiler dormitory as well as a new bus loop. UA said new site lighting and traffic lights will be installed along 10th Avenue to cope with traffic in the area.
2nd avenue flyover
University officials found that more than 70,000 vehicles cross the railroad tracks along the southern edge of the Alabama campus every day. There are only two routes in and out of this part of the college, both of which are over the railroad tracks.
To make it easier to cross the tracks, the 2nd Avenue Overpass project will connect 15th Street to Paul W. Bryant Drive (10th Street) and create a new and centrally located corridor to the campus. UA notes that the new road will also help with emergency response and traffic flow during campus events.
Construction of the flyover began in early 2020 on a budget of $ 21 million. The structure was designed by McGiffert and Associates of Tuscaloosa, an engineering company. The main contractor is Brasfield & Gorrie in Birmingham.
Leopard determined that the 2nd Avenue flyover should be completed in August. When that happens, he says, drivers will be driving across the UA campus, giving them a unique view of Sewell Thomas Stadium, Coleman Coliseum, and the rest of the university.
Peter Bryce major renovation
UA is renovating the former building of the Peter Bryce Main Hospital around the university’s welcome center, the reception area and the associated office and administration rooms. The building will also house faculty offices and rehearsal rooms for the theater and dance departments, as well as museums devoted to both the history of the school and the history of mental health in Alabama.
The $ 83.8 million renovation is currently in the design / tendering phase, according to the university, but the architect for the project is Birchfield Penuel & Associates of Birmingham. UA has not yet announced when construction work will begin.
“Restoring the past, reimagining the future. Recognizing the caliber of the performing arts at the UA, the university is writing a new script and re-imagining the role of Bryce Main,” read a description of the project on the UA Maps website . “This transformation will restore and reinvigorate this historic facility so that it is not only an important part of the history of the campus in the past, but also how the campus will grow in the future.”
Leopard said UA is working “in packages” on this building, adding that it is currently completing a stair and elevator package and is working with the architects to complete the final project. The hope is that the project will be advertised by the end of the year, he explained, calling the Bryce an “incredibly complex project” that the school is cautious about to protect the structure’s heritage.
Just months after a $ 15 million gift to the school, UA announced plans for Hewson Hall, an extension of the Culverhouse College of Business. The $ 54 million, 108,000 square feet. The building will be erected next to Mary Hewell Alston Hall and arranged around a three-story atrium. The new facility will include 22 classrooms, 50 team rooms, a student success center, conference rooms and other facilities. In addition, it will also be built with FEMA certified storm protection.
The building, located at 380 Stadium Drive in Tuscaloosa, will be completed and opened in time for classes in August.
The architect for the structure is Williams Blackstock of Birmingham and the builder of Hewson Hall is WAR Construction of Tuscaloosa.
Currently, the only Greek housing project running in UA is a $ 2 million renovation of the Delta Gamma student dormitory. Efforts were put on hold in 2020 due to the pandemic, but are set to resume with offers for this fall. A planned completion in the summer of 2022 has been determined.
Leopard said it will be completed in two phases, starting with the renovation of the serving area and the dining area, followed by the construction of a 978 square meter. next to the building.
He told AL.com that there are no more Greek housing developments planned for this summer.
Central Campus Thermal Energy Connection
This $ 33 million project involves piping work connecting various buildings to UA’s central thermal system, which produces chilled water and distributes it to the central portion of the campus.
Leopard said the new utility project will save UA money by eliminating the need for each building to create its own thermal system.
The thermal energy link is scheduled for completion this fall and will be designed by HHB Engineers of Prattville, Alabama and installed by Burns & McDonnell, a Kansas City engineering and construction company with offices in Atlanta.
He characterized UA as “a city within a city,” with streets, sewers, power lines, and other infrastructure that the school builds, operates, and maintains.
“We need to have all the infrastructure in place to support the academic mission,” he said in a comment to AL.com
University service campus renovation
According to Leopard, the University of Alabama bought the former property on the Partlow campus years ago in order to adaptively reuse buildings for the service and support of the college.
For example, this summer, work began on a $ 2.5 million environmental and security warehouse with a total of 11,000 square feet along Ruby Tyler Parkway.
Payne Design Group Architects, based in Montgomery, designed the renovations of the building as well as buildings for offices for UA’s construction management, purchasing, human resources and transportation. Together they add up to an area of 59,302 square feet.
The total budget for the renovation is $ 9.4 million.
Parker Haun tennis facility
The Parker Haun Tennis Facility, located on the University of Alabama’s Student Recreation Center courts, is currently under construction, with developer Snow-Blakeney Construction in Tuscaloosa working to complete the project in August. Work on the project began in February.
The $ 1.4 million complex was designed by Ellis Architects of Tuscaloosa.
Leopard called the tennis facility an “important, critical project” made possible by the support of “many good university friends”.
Improvements to the water distribution system
The city of Tuscaloosa is building a new water tower from Queen City Avenue east of the UA campus as part of its water distribution system improvement project. It is located at the intersection of Campus Drive and Riverside Drive on the northwestern edge of the university campus.
Both UA and the city worked together to study the system’s long-term needs on campus and in the surrounding areas. Together they identified the need for robust investments in the water system to meet demand from current usage and planned development in and around the campus.
The construction of the $ 650,000 water tower was designed to increase and stabilize water pressure across the UA campus and surrounding community, while hopefully eliminating any pressure-related water issues at major university events like the Crimson Tide football games, UA said.
The blueprints for the project, including the water tower, were drawn up by McGiffert & Associates and based on these plans Dominion Construction in Tuscaloosa began building the structure.