Whenever UAB purchases property in the Southside area, we improve it by cleaning up any environmental contamination. Existing buildings are retrofitted to remove any asbestos or lead based paint that may be present or they are replaced with modern energy efficient designs. Some examples are listed below:
When UAB purchased the Chevron property in the early 90s, the soil and groundwater were heavily contaminated with petroleum products because that area was used as a storage and distribution center for fuel and lubricating oil for decades. At considerable expense, UAB initiated a soil and groundwater remediation project that included removing petroleum contaminants from the groundwater over a 10 year period.
UAB transformed a non-descript two block long section of 15th Street South between 10th Avenue and University Boulevard into an open grassy common area for the enjoyment of all UAB students, faculty and staff. During construction, a gas station with a leaking underground storage tank was removed. The Green also serves to improve local environmental conditions by allowing rainfall to percolate into the ground rather than flow unimpeded into storm sewers which prevents contaminants from being carried to surface waters. Periodic flooding problems at the Hill University Center have also been alleviated by this recent addition to the UAB campus.