HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The University of Alabama in Huntsville will undergo some changes over the coming months.
Madison Hall, built in the 1960’s, will soon be torn down to make way for green space and a parking area. The demolition is expected to begin in a few weeks, but the process of preparing the site has already begun.
In Madison Hall’s place will rise a new Student Services Building, to be built a few hundred feet back from where Madison Hall now stands.
Renderings of the design are available in the above slideshow, provided to WHNT News 19 by UAH.
“What we discovered is that we can build a new building for about the same cost it would be to renovate [Madison Hall] totally,” said Ray Garner, UAH Spokesman.
Construction on the new Student Services Building should also begin shortly, said Garner. It will cost $24 million.
“We don’t have to wait for [Madison Hall] to be torn down before we start construction on that,” he explained.
The new building will bring offices currently spread across the university under one roof. That way, student services will be housed in one location and make it easier on prospective and current students, said Garner.
“It’s going to solve a lot of issues for us,” he acknowledged.
The building will also be home to administrative offices on the third floor, and contain a small conference center for meetings and workshops.
All the demolition and construction is expected to limit parking in the lot adjacent to Madison Hall, so another has opened up near the school’s athletic fields at Charger Park. It has added a hundred additional spaces.