Campus Construction Update
Numerous renovation and building projects are underway across campus and more will be starting soon. These projects will provide more classroom space, residential beds, parking and athletic facilities for our growing University. New sorority and fraternity houses are also going up.
View the map of where construction is taking place on campus.
The $45 million expansion and renovation of the Ferguson Center Student Union is on track to be completed in August. Offices that will move into the new space will include the Career Center, Community Service Center, Crossroads Community Center, Greek Affairs, Student Government Association, Student Involvement and Leadership, and University Programs. The project will also include updated finishes in the common space and a renovated food court.
Of the 75,000 additional square feet added to the building, more than 20,000 square feet will be used to expand the University Supply Store.
Other Student Facilities
The other current projects slated for completion by the beginning of Fall Semester 2014 are the Presidential Village II residence hall, the Fresh Food Company dining facility and the Student Center at Presidential Village.
The Fresh Food Company, formerly located in the Ferguson Center, will move into the new facility being built next to the Rodgers Science and Engineering Library on Margaret Drive. It will accommodate about 550 customers, while the renovated and enlarged food court in the Ferguson Center will seat 800.
The new 130,000-square-foot Student Center, with a rock climbing wall, weight and cardio equipment, exercise studios, basketball courts, FUEL smoothie bar, coffee kiosk, sandwich shop and market, is located between Presidential Village I and II.
In addition to a large storm shelter, it will also house the locker rooms, coaches’ offices and training facilities for the UA rowing team.
The boathouse on Manderson Landing by the Black Warrior River will provide UA’s rowing team with one of the finest such facilities in the country. The 11,163-square-foot boathouse will be where the team stores, repairs and launches their boats. It complements the team facilities being built at Presidential Village.
Sewell-Thomas Baseball Stadium
While the location and name will not change, the Sewell-Thomas Stadium will be so revamped as to be a new facility, according to Dan Wolfe, UA planner. The $35 million project will enlarge the facility and include new locker rooms, a weight room and an indoor batting facility. Concourse, skyboxes and seating will also be new.
Originally built in 1948, the stadium known as “the Joe” has undergone several additions and refurbishing, but none as extensive as the current project.
South Campus Parking Deck
Pending approval by the UA Board of Trustees in June, construction is expected to begin this summer on a four-level deck with 900 spaces. This deck will take about a year to build and will be located near Barnwell Hall.
According to Transportation Services, construction will mainly disrupt residential parking but “… faculty and staff that normally park in shared zones, such as the Baptist Student Union Surface Lot, Gertrude Surface Lot, Aquatics Surface Lot and the Hayden Harris Surface Lot should expect these areas to be at capacity with residential students and should plan on using alternative faculty and staff parking areas.”
Houser Hall Renovation
By August 2015 the renovated Houser Hall will be the home of the offices of Veteran and Military Affairs, Testing Services and Disability Services, in addition to classrooms.
A 2,000-seat academic building will be constructed behind Shelby Hall across Hackberry Lane. An architect has been selected and approved, and construction should begin in early 2015.
Bryce Hospital Property
Among the additions to the Bryce property called for in the campus master plan is a $60 million performing arts center, designated as the new home to the department of theatre and dance.
The center, which will offer studio and rehearsal space, will also have a scenery shop, 450-seat dance theatre, 250-seat studio theatre and 350-seat drama theatre. The 109,000-square-foot building will connect to the main Bryce hospital building.
Construction will be in two phases, Wolfe explained. The first phase will be the renovation of existing space for the studios, while the second phase will be construction of the new theatre spaces.
Currently the project is in the beginning stage, and potential architects are being interviewed.