UAB FACILITIES INITIATIVE - Hire Student-Athlete Academic Center

Major renovations to the Athletic Academic Center, located in the Bell Building, were started in November 2007. The project, made possible by a generous donation from Don and Marsha Hire, has provided significant improvements to the facility for all of UAB's student-athletes.

The project included the following:

  • A new entryway to the facility inside the Bell Building to define the space and control access
  • A new entryway on the south exterior of the building
  • New signage on the outside of the building
  • Partial ceilings and new light fixtures throughout the lobby and hallways
  • New carpet and paint in the lobby and hallways
  • Renovation of staff offices
  • Renovation of first- and second-floor restroom areas

The Athletic Academic Center, which moved to the Bell Building in 2004, has also gained additional space by way of vacated offices previously used by the UAB School of Social and Behavioral Science.

The majority of the renovation work on the Athletic Academic Center was completed in mid-July 2008. The facility has been renamed the Don M. and Marsha Hoke Hire Student-Athlete Academic Center.



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