TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) – A new era in student housing on the University of Alabama campus after UA crews imploded the old Tutwiler Hall Monday, July 4 at 7 a.m.

Headteachers said that due to the location of the building and the large security zone, visibility of the implosion will be significantly limited. UA will broadcast the implosion live at news.ua.edu/tutwiler.

A small public viewing area will be available on the top floor of the Magnolia parking deck at 800 Paul W. Bryant Dr. The public should access the deck via Bryant Drive to 6th Avenue. Parking will be available on the first two floors of the parking lot and in the surface lots around the bridge. Dust masks will be provided to spectators watching the implosion from the Magnolia parking lot. (Click for a map of the public viewing area.)

Road closures

The following streets will be closed as of 5 a.m. on Monday, July 4:

  • Paul W. Bryant Drive from 6th Avenue to Wallace Wade Avenue.
  • 10th Avenue from 12th Street to Paul W. Bryant Drive.
  • 12th Street from 8th Avenue to 10th Avenue.
  • 8th Avenue from Paul W. Bryant Drive to 12th Street.
  • Colonial Drive from Paul W. Bryant Drive to Judy Bonner Drive.
  • Magnolia Drive from Paul W. Bryant Drive to Judy Bonner Drive.

The following streets will be closed as of 5 a.m. to westbound traffic at 7th Avenue:

  • 10th aisle.
  • 11th street.
  • 11th aisle.

All streets will begin to reopen after the implosion.

Information about Tutwiler Hall

The Tutwiler Hall demolished on July 4 is the second iteration of Julia Tutwiler Hall. It has hosted over 50,000 women since it opened in 1968. The building has 13 floors, although there is no 13th floor. The elevators jumped from the 12th to the 14th floor due to superstition. The building’s most recent capacity was 1,000 beds.

A comprehensive assessment of the building determined that a renovation would not be cost effective, so UA built a new Tutwiler Hall next to the old building.

The new facility is designed by TURNERBATSON, in partnership with Mackey Mitchell Architects.(University of Alabama)
The new facility is designed by TURNERBATSON, in partnership with Mackey Mitchell Architects.
The new facility is designed by TURNERBATSON, in partnership with Mackey Mitchell Architects.(University of Alabama)

The new Tutwiler Hall, which will open in August, has a capacity of 1,284 beds and will feature state-of-the-art furnishings and equipment, with a hybrid community apartment-style configuration of double-capacity bedrooms . Each bedroom will feature two twin beds with a shared private bathroom.

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