Construction was to begin this month on a $35 million student center to be built by Business Council of Alabama member Doster Construction Co. for the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Birmingham Business Journal reported.
The BBJ reported that the center will be open in the 2015 fall semester. The new center will replace the Hill University Center at University Boulevard and 14th Street. The Hill University Center was demolished in August.
Doster will be the general contractor and Birmingham’s Herrington Architects will partner with Hastings & Chivetta as architects for the project, the BBJ reported. Doster announced it had received the contract.
“Excitement for the construction of a new student center is building,” Carolyn Farley, director of UAB Academic and Student Services said in a statement. “What we’re going to get is going to create a much better student experience.”
The four-story, 159,000 square-foot building will include a food service and dining area, performance lounge, retail store, book store, outdoor patio dining, coffee shop, 280-seat theater, meeting rooms, office suites, 7,000 square-foot multi-purpose room and an exterior third-floor balcony, the BBJ reported.
A nearby parking lot will also be demolished and replaced as part of the project. Construction is to begin this month.
Doster Construction Co. of Birmingham was founded in 1969 and in 2013 was one of the Top 400 contractors in the United States, according to Engineering News-Record.