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August 1, 2012

UA clears way for new weight room

TUSCALOOSA | The Executive Committee of the University of Alabama's Board of Trustees issued Stage I and Stage II approval for a new strength and conditioning facility that will be constructed adjacent to the Mal Moore Athletic Building.

The committee's unanimous decision approved a preliminary budget, as well as authorization for an architectural services contract with Davis Architects. The firm's fee will be just under $600,000, according to a resolution reviewed by the committee Wednesday. Construction and other associated costs are projected in the $9 million range.

"The athletic department feels like it's important to continue to recruit top talent to all of their teams, and provide the facilities these student-athletes deserve," said Mike Lanier, UA Program Manager from Hoar Program Management.

The size of the facility will be approximately 34,000 square feet and it will be available to all UA student-athletes. The projected completion date is January, 2013. It will include such features as a juice room, a nutrition bar and a medical office suite. Although the full board did not vote on the matter, it was noted that all board members had been made aware of the project.

UA football coach Nick Saban mentioned the project earlier this summer.

"When people come to Alabama, they expect to see the best," Saban said in June. "We should always strive to have the best. As long as we have the resources and we can provide the best for our student-athletes, that's what we should do in all sports."

While the strength facility is being upgraded, the UA football practice fields have been reconfigured as well. Alabama opens fall football camp Friday.

Reach Chase Goodbread at chase@tidesports.com or at 205-722-0196.

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