University of Alabama, Student Recreation Center Renovation/Addition

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • FIRM

    TMP Architecture, Inc.


    University of Alabama

  • AREA

    90,000 sq.ft.





The expansion and renovation of the recreation center at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa will nearly double the square footage of the complex to respond to the increasing demand for recreation programs. The expansion will relocate the main entrance to provide a unique and clear entry statement. Program elements include a four-court gymnasium, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMSherlock, Smith & Adams (SS&A)COST PER SQ FT$121.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress 16,500-square-foot weight fitness area, a cafe, centralized administrative offices, a 20-foot-high climbing wall, new group fitness rooms and a lounge area. Technology will be distributed throughout the facility.

The concourse features a continuous translucent vault that runs the length of the complex. The entry leads to a two-story lounge and offers a view deep into the complex. The outdoor aquatics area is composed of two bodies of water to accommodate community and university use. This outdoor pool is serviced by a separate cabana building housing locker rooms, a concession stand and a control point to allow flexible programming of the area.

The existing building includes a five-court gym, racquetball courts, multipurpose rooms, locker rooms and an elevated running track.