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Thursday, May 7, 2009

(Updated) New UAH dorm/dining facility to open in Fall 2010

In light of new info/plans, this is an updated version of the March post.

The new dorms will be south of the recently-opened intermodal center/parking garage in the middle of campus. (For those who know the campus well, it will be across from Fraternity/Sorority Row.) A new dining facility will be added to the parking garage, and will connect the two. The 5-story, LEED-certified residence hall will house around 400 students and will feature lounges and a common kitchen on each floor. The new dining facility, the second on campus, will feature a Quiznos Express, a convenience store, and another yet-to-be-named chain restaurant (I'm guessing Burger King, Pizza Hut, or Chick-Fil-A). It will have the capacity to serve 350 students. The architects of the dorm/dining project are local architect firm SKT and Florida-based HADP Architecture. Construction is expected to begin this summer, with completion by the 2010-2011 school year. There are plans for a second residence hall, which will mirror the first one to the south. No word yet on when it will be built.

While this has been in the plans for years (and it's not a bad idea), I still don't think now is the best time to be building anything of this magnitude, considering the imminent budget/staff cuts and the obvious "lack of morale" among faculty and students on the direction the university is taking.


Cody said...

On which side of the intermodal facility will the dorms go? I assume they will be on the south side where all the houses were recently moved from. Will be nice to have more dining options on campus, but I'd love to see something closer to the south end of campus.

James said...

The new dorm(s) will be to the south of the intermodal center, along John Wright. The center of the first dorm (the one they're building now) is where the cul-de-sac at the end of Tatom St. is now.

Anonymous said...

I am wondering what direction is UAH is taking. I have heard that freshmen and sophomores are going to be required to live on campus. I am not happy to hear that.

James said...

I think the on-campus living requirement only applies to students who live more than 30 miles from UAH.