Story updated July 19 with new video tour of the building
With the press of a button at 7 a.m. July 4, the former Tutwiler Hall fell to the ground after more than a half-century of service to more than 50,000 residents.
Standing alone on the southwest edge of campus is the new Tutwiler Hall, a 1,284-bed residence hall consisting of double-occupancy units with private bathrooms. Each level includes gathering spaces for residents that will provide a sense of comfort and community.
The first floor will include a 16,600-square-foot multipurpose room that also serves as a storm shelter capable of holding approximately 1,413 students, faculty and staff. The building will also feature public community spaces with TVs and whiteboards, laundry rooms on each floor, a fitness area and craft room.
A central courtyard will provide additional opportunities for residents to socialize and host events. The outdoor space will also feature a Tutwiler Promenade with personalized pavers purchased by alumni and friends.
Julia’s Market, a staple of the former residence hall, will be relocated and expanded in the new facility.
Tutwiler Hall is set to welcome first-year female residents in August.
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