Construction starts on new dorm at University of Alabama

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The new Tutwiler residence hall at the University of Alabama will be home to 1,285 first-year female students.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Construction is underway on the new $150 million Tutwiler Residence Hall on the University of Alabama campus.

The new 365,000-square-foot (33073.48-square-meter) dormitory will be home to 1,285 first-year female students. It will replace the existing Tutwiler Residence Hall, next to the site. Construction is set to be complete by mid-2022, Al.com reported.

The new facility will be the third residence hall built on the campus over a 100-year time span honoring Julia Tutwiler, an education and prison reform advocate.

The new building’s foundation system has been completed and above ground construction is now set to begin. It’s designed by Birmingham architectural firm TurnerBatson, in partnership with Mackey Mitchell Architects of St. Louis, Missouri.

The complex will be comprised of multiple five-story buildings interconnected by enclosed “bridges.” There will also be a central exterior courtyard for recreation and social gatherings. In addition, it will include double-occupancy rooms and single-occupancy resident assistant rooms. Each room will have a private bathroom. There will also be a large central lobby with student seating, a fitness center, craft room, two clubhouses per floor, an ICC-500 rated storm shelter and laundry facilities for shared use.

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