HUC set to be torn down and reborn

By on April 30, 2013

This summer till late fall, the HUC will be torn down and the $48.5 million project to build the new student center will begin. The new student center is planned to be complete by Fall of 2015.

“Even though the completion date is Fall 2015, I think it will be well worth the wait and there will be a wow-factor with students. There was great excitement when the Campus Recreation Center came on board, and I think the new student center will be a caliber of that facility,” said Mike Sasser, Director of University Center Operations.


The new 150,000+ square foot student center will have extended hours, a larger dining facility, a coffee shop and convenience store, meeting and event spaces, lounge areas, and outdoor spaces that will complement and support the activities and services provided by student organizations.

Until the new student center’s completion, offices and facilities currently in the HUC will be temporarily relocated in convenient areas for students. The relocation of offices will be complete by June 2013.

“We have definitely kept students in mind while relocating. We are trying to make it as easy and pain-free as possible with the temporary relocation process,” said Sasser.

Taco Bell, Chick-Fil-A, and the Blazer Cafe Hot Spot’s final date of operation is May 31st. The HUC Cafe will operate through June 28th. New restaurants and mobile sites will open beginning in July. All new dining facilities will accept Dining Dollars, meal plans (for select items), and Blazer Bucks.

“We are aware of how much business we typically handle at lunchtime in the Blazer Café and want to be certain that our university community continues to be satisfied with the variety of options available and the ability to get a meal in a timely manner,” said Carolyn Farley, Director of Academic and Student Services Operations.

A Chick-Fil-A mobile site will open in time for the start of fall semester. The location of the quick service chicken restaurant is to be decided. A possible option for the mobile site is either on or right outside of the Campus Recreation Center patio.

This month, UAB Dining held the Food Truck Wars, a taste test that allowed students to vote between an Asian and Mexican mobile food option. The students voted in favor of the Asian cuisine over Wholly Habaneros, and the Jump Asian food truck will be located in the Mini Park by the beginning of fall semester.

The hours of operation for mobile units will be 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

New Orleans-inspired restaurant World of Wings (WOW) opens in July and will offer 18 different wing flavors in addition to quesadillas, burgers, salads, and more. World Of Wings will be located behind Subway and Snoozy’s. Hours of operation will be Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. and Sundays 12 p.m.-2 a.m.

Other dining changes include the relocation of the Diner’s Convenience Store to the first floor of Camp Hall. The Diner will begin opening at 11 a.m. and will have a Grab and Go concept where diners can pick between select sandwiches, salads, sides, and a drink for the cost of a meal plan. An additional Simply to Go venue will be open in the Campbell Hall lobby by the beginning of fall semester.

“In addition to the changes in our food offerings, we have also launched the Tapingo application which allows you to choose a venue, select your meal and pay for it with your payment method of choice then pick it up a few minutes later. We are encouraging all our campus customers to try it out for themselves at both on and off campus options as a way of satisfying your hunger the easy way,” said Farley.

A website is available at where students and employees will be updated with the planning process, construction timeline, and architectural images of the new student center and residence hall site.

“We’re also starting to hit social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram. Look for the hashtag #HUCya,” said Sasser.

For now, say goodbye to the HUC and its 30-year history and hello to the beginning of a state-of-the-art new student center.

Kaylyn Alexander
Staff Writer

For a .pdf version of HUC moving plan

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