New $9 million weight room gets approved

The University of Alabama's Board of Trustees approved construction for the athletics program's new $9.08 million strength and conditioning facility Wednesday. The facility will be used by all sports, not just football, and is expected to be completed January 2013.

The best just isn't good enough for Alabama.

Already thought to have one of the highest quality weight rooms in the country, the Crimson Tide is getting a new one—one that costs $9.08 million.

The Alabama Board of Trustees approved the construction of the new, 34,495-square foot, two-story building Wednesday. The facility, which will sit between the Mal Moore Athletic Facility and the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility, will be for all sports, not just football.

According to the proposal reviewed by the board, the new facility will include a check-in desk, weight room, cardio and rehab area, strength coaches' offices, graduate assistant workroom, nutrition bar, juice room, restrooms, medical office suite, elevator, janitor's closet and storage.

Construction has already begun and some football practice fields have already been torn up.

The university is using the Birmingham-based firm of Davis Architects, Inc., which has been used for several of the school's athletics construction projects (like the upcoming Sarah Patterson Champions Plaza, for example). The firm is charging a fee of $599,677. The Crimson Tide foundation will provide $965,317 for the venture.

The new facility is expected to be completed January 2013.

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