University of Alabama

About this Project

The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa embarked on an ambitious project to construct the Presidential Village Student Activity Center, aiming to create a vibrant and contemporary facility. The $32 million, 85,000-square-foot center, located at the campus’s Presidential Village, was designed to provide an exceptional space for student engagement and personal growth. 

U of Alabama Skylight
University of Alabama

Its architecture showcases a remarkable blend of elegance and innovation, featuring an imposing yet subtly curved entrance, sleek modern accents, and a magnificent metal-framed skylight supplied by Crystal Structures, which serves as the true centerpiece of the dynamic space.

The original design concept included an impressive 39-foot-tall rock wall extending beyond the rooftop, a striking architectural feature that required careful consideration. To enhance the visual impact of the rock wall and ensure an abundance of natural light throughout the room, a colossal metal-framed skylight, measuring almost 36 feet in width and 94 feet in length, was meticulously engineered for the rooftop. The result is an efficient and awe-inspiring daylighting effect that creates a dramatic ambiance, further elevating the overall experience within the facility.


Skylight at the university of alabama

With its seamless integration of architectural excellence, cutting-edge materials, and a thoughtful approach to natural lighting, the Presidential Village Student Activity Center stands as a testament to innovation and aesthetics. Beyond its striking design, the center offers a wealth of amenities and features designed to cater to the diverse needs of students. reports that the facility boasts over 10,000 square feet of fitness space, including hardwood courts, personal training studios, and designated areas for group fitness classes. Additionally, the center features a 40-foot rock climbing wall capable of accommodating up to 20 climbers simultaneously. Notably, the facility incorporates a 25,000-square-foot storm shelter, capable of safeguarding more than 3,000 people during severe weather conditions, prioritizing the safety and well-being of the university community.

The grand opening of the Presidential Village Student Activity Center in August 2018 marked a significant milestone for the University of Alabama. This state-of-the-art facility exemplifies the university’s commitment to providing an inspiring and transformative environment for its student community. By offering a harmonious blend of architectural excellence, cutting-edge amenities, and a focus on natural lighting, the center has become a vibrant hub for student engagement, personal development, and community building, solidifying its position as a beacon of innovation and excellence at the University of Alabama.