University of Alabama Tutwiler Residence Hall

TURNERBATSON, in partnership with Mackey Mitchell Architects, recently designed the new Tutwiler Residence Hall, which replaced the existing facility that was opened in 1968.

The five-story complex is home to approximately 1,285 female students. The 365,000 GSF facility includes double-occupancy rooms and single-occupancy resident assistant rooms. Each room has a private bathroom including a toilet, shower, and lavatory. In addition, the interior features living rooms, two clubhouses per floor, an ICC-500 rated storm shelter, and laundry facilities for shared use.

The ground level meets several differing program needs for both the building and the surrounding campus. The main entry includes a student lounge, reception desk, and police station. Adjacent to the main entry is the Housing and Residential Communities Office and Julia’s Market.

The exterior of the building is designed to complement the campus architecture while being sensitive to the scale of the surrounding residential neighborhood. The large facility is comprised of five-story “buildings” interconnected by “bridges” providing residents the ability to circulate throughout secured environments. The precast stone/brick veneer, aluminum windows and the sloped, shingled roof is in keeping with the campus standards and is complimentary to the recently constructed sorority houses nearby.

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