The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has adopted a policy that all incoming freshman students must live on campus. The school reached an agreement with a private developer to build and operate a residence hall facility on leased campus property. The new eight-story freshman student residence hall named Blazer Hall provides 753 beds, including an apartment for a ASSOCIATED FIRMAllen & O`Hara Development Co., LLCCAPACITY753COST PER SQ FT$97.96FEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio manager and single units for 18 resident assistants. The remainder of the bedrooms are grouped in suites. The facility complies with accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act.
Two-bedroom suites accommodate four students. Amenities include private bathrooms for each bedroom and a generous common area with kitchen cabinets, a sink and a full-size refrigerator. Fourteen three-bedroom suites have similar features, but with an added living/lounge room serving all six occupants. Each bedroom has a granite-top vanity, a lavatory and a full mirror along with a personal closet for each occupant.
Each suite has a heating and airconditioning system with independent controls. Bedrooms and living rooms are carpeted; bathrooms and kitchen areas have tile floors. Cabinets are faced with plastic laminate, and countertops are granite. Each bedroom is fitted with telephone and data outlets for each occupant. Wireless computer access is provided throughout the building.
Common facilities include elevators, two meeting and study rooms on each floor, laundry and a TV lounge.