UABPD HQ Rendering

A rendition of the $10.5 million, 25,000 square foot building is set be finished in July 2018 and will be located near the corner of 14th Street South and 11th Avenue South adjacent to the existing headquarters.
Photo courtesy of UAB Media Relations

Wallace Golding
Managing Editor

Officials broke ground in April on what will be a new headquarters for the UAB Police Department. The new building will serve the Department’s 111 sworn officers, who combine to make the UAB PD one of the largest accredited law enforcement agencies in the state.

The $10.5 million, 25,000 square foot project is expected to be finished in July 2018 and will be located near the corner of 14th Street South and 11th Avenue South adjacent to the existing headquarters.

As the UAB campus continues to grow in terms of area and population, UAB PD officials often found themselves spread thin in their current building, which was built in the 1960s.

“The building and its systems had exceeded its designed lifespans,” said Thom Anderson, the project’s manager with UAB Facilities. “[The Department] is currently divided among three buildings. The new building will allow the UAB PD to consolidate the majority of its operations and personnel into a single site.”

For Anderson, this project is about providing the department with what they deserve and what they need to ensure the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors.

“Our police department is a vital part of the UAB community,” Anderson said. “Providing adequate facilities for them will only enable them to grow in their size and the amount of coverage they provide.”

Police administrators believe the new building will do the same, while also increasing the Department’s effectiveness in all aspects of their mission.

“The new building will provide an environment more conducive for the work of our officers and administrators,” said UAB PD Deputy Chief Marvin Atwell.

The UAB Police Department regularly provides several training courses, ranging from topics on rape aggression defense to active shooter. The agency currently conducts these classes for the UAB community and neighboring law enforcement agencies within a very limited space.

However, in building a new headquarters, the UAB PD will be able to accommodate a larger number of participants in each class and could potentially begin offering more examining different scenarios in the future.

In stark contrast to the existing structure, the new building will feature a more public-oriented lobby on the first level as well as room for records and evidence storage, staff offices and locker rooms with showers. However, the bulk of this level will be dedicated to the communications department, which oversees all emergency calls and dispatches for the Department.

The second level will be comprised almost exclusively of senior administrative and investigative offices along with a large conference room and a training room.

However, the functionality of the new building is not the only upgrade resulting from the project.

“We also feel that the new facility will make much more efficient and attractive use of the site, fitting in better with the surrounding neighborhood,” Anderson said.

Birmingham-based TurnerBatson Architects designed the building, and construction will be completed by Wyatt General Contractors, LLC under the direction of UAB Facilities.

Wallace Golding can be reached at and on Twitter at @WGolding_4.

Aura and Real Life Poets host 2nd annual Spoken Truth Poetry Festival

Join us for a full day of artistry and workshops at the Spoken Truth Poetry Festival on April 14, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at UAB’s Hill Student Center. Admission is free for all attendees. Aura Literary Arts Review (UAB) and Real Life Poets, Inc. have partnered to bring an array of activities to this year’s poetry festival, including a variety of workshops, a poetry slam, and a special poetry showcase highlighting spoken word performers in the region. Workshops begin at 1 p.m. with topics varying from the art of performing poetry, how to become a published author, and how to create your own handmade magazine.

Poetry slam participants must be between the ages of 15 and 21. The poetry slam begins at 5 p.m., followed by the poetry showcase at 6:30 p.m. We believe that art is a vital form of expression that develops independence, enhances creative and critical thinking, and encourages higher order thinking such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Art crosses cultural boundaries and breaks down social, religious and racial barriers. UAB’s Aura Literary Arts Review and Real Life Poets, Inc. aim to encouraging artistic expression, especially amongst the youth and young adults in our community who will someday help activate and bring about change in our world. So be prepared to enjoy a monumental day of truth and expression!

*To register to attend the workshops or participate in the poetry slam, visit For media inquiries only, contact 205.585.8271 or email

Spoken Truth Poetry Festival April 14 workshops begin at 1pm and continue until 5pm where the poetry slam and showcase will begin

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USGA to reign in new president: Candidates introduce platforms of their campaign to student body

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The release of Black Panther over President’s Day weekend spurred plenty of excitement, evidenced by its immense success in the box office. The original estimate of $165 million was eclipsed by the $242 million made domestically. The film, directed by Ryan Coogler, features a nearly all-black cast and qualitative female-empowering roles.   

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How to survive to school shooting: Capt. Amy Schreiner shares with students how to live through an on-campus shooting

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According to the Center for Disease Control, roughly half of those who commit or attempt to carry out a homicide at a school usually present some type of warning sign, such as telling others about their plan or leaving a note before the event.   

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