Saying farewell to the Hill Center

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Ryan Meyer’s video created for UAB Digital Media provides a closing note on the life of UAB’s student hub — the Hill Center.

The demolition of the Hill University Center (HUC) was completed in August 2013. The new $48.5 million student center is expected to be complete in time for the fall 2015 semester.

The architectural design was proposed by during the Board of Trustees approval meeting on Friday, June 14th. Hasting & Chivetta will be in charge of the new student life center. Provided by Hastings & Chivetta

HUC was built in 1983 as the University Center. It was renamed Hill University Center in honor of S. Richardson Hill, Jr., UAB’s second president, for his work to move UAB from a commuter school to a student-involved university. “It’s a bittersweet moment. For 30 years this building has been at the heart of UAB, certainly for our students,” said Harlan Sands, vice provost for Administration and Quality Improvement.

“I’m a little sad,” said Gina Henderson, a rising junior. “I’m used to it always being there.”

The center will focus space for student activities, gatherings and services, including a student welcome center. It will provide more than 150,000 square feet of meeting, conference and auditorium space; student organization spaces; upgraded dining facilities; a bookstore; and a one-stop student services center for admissions, course registration, student accounting, parking, financial aid and student ID functions.

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