New residence hall, student wellness center on the way


A rendering of UAB's sixth residence hallYou can expect to see a lot of construction on the UAB campus soon. Not only is the Hill University Center scheduled for demolition to make way for a new student center, but there will also be a new student residence hall and a revamped student health and wellness center being built.

As more people make the choice to live on campus, a new residence hall will open up room for more than 700 additional students. While the building does not yet have a name, several important details have been announced:
The 217,000 square foot residence hall will be built near the Campus Green on property owned by UAB – the north half of the block bordered by 9th and 10th avenues south and 16th and 17th streets. The L-shaped building will consist of an eight-story tower and a four-story wing that will contain common space and multi-use office space in addition to housing.
UAB's sixth residence hall is targeted for opening in the Fall 2015 semester.

Meanwhile, in the LRC, construction will also be underway to update and consolidate the Counseling and Wellness Center and Student Health Services Center into a centralized Student Health and Wellness Center. Aproximately 26,000 square feet on the 3rd floor of the LRC will be renovated to house the new center, with a new entrance on the south side of the building.

That project is slated for completion a bit sooner – in the Fall 2014 semester.

You can read more about both projects in a report from UAB News. And if you haven't yet familiarized yourself with the relocation of services during the two years a new student center will be under contruction (replacing the HUC), you should probably get acquainted with the plans.