New dining hall unveiled at the University of Alabama


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — University of Alabama students will head back to class in two weeks. When they arrive on campus they will notice lots of changes and upgrades made to several buildings on campus.

UA officials gave a tour of the new buildings that include: a new freshman residence hall, and the newly renovated  Lakeside dining hall. Kristina Patridge is the director of UA dining services.

“We have a food station where students and customers can gather their own protein or fruits and vegetables and have those grilled.  And of course we will also have pizza and burgers and there will be homemade tortillas, and all kinds of tacos,” Patridge said.

The work to renovate the dining hall cost seven million dollars. UA officials also showcased the new Comer Hall school of engineering. Tom Love is the assistant Vice President for construction, he says that project cost 25 million.   =Love also says when the new residence hall is finished, it will house 500 beds.

“Roughly 500 new student beds and double occupancy space.  And lots of common quarters trying to get students to inter mix and socialize and to become part of the campus core.  If the place looks good for students and they feel they have a place that entices them to come get their education then all this work is worth it,” Love said.

Classes begin on campus August 22.  

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