Visible progress being made

They're not yet ready to start erecting the walls, but preparation of the foundation for the Football Complex annex is well underway. <br><br>Offices (and their occupants) along the North wall of the existing facility have been moved elsewhere for the duration of construction.

(Above left) Workers remove glass from office windows of North wall of the existing Football Complex.

From a distance there hasn't been much new to see for the past couple of weeks, but work on the Football Complex annex has continued. Utility lines have been layed, footings dug and concrete poured as the workmen carefully prepare the foundation. Note in the background the Crisp Indoor Facility to the left and lights from the football practice fields to the right.

Looking down the foundation along what will be the front edge of the new structure. When finished the ground floor will be taken up by a state-of-the-art, 22,000 square foot weight room, which will serve football and other university sports.

Tuesday afternoon the workmen removed the glass from the second-floor windows that adjoin the new construction area. Temporary walls were then erected in their place, allowing the rest of the building to continue in use during construction.

Looking into what used to be Compliance Director Chris King's office. What used to be the Crimson Tide Suite has been temporarily divided for office space, allowing two coaches (Joe Kines and Paul Randolph) to move and remain on the second floor with the rest of the assistants. King and his staff will temporarily work in trailers erected beside Coleman Coliseum.

To the left you can see into the large media room, where major press conferences are held. Look carefully above the workman's ladder, and you'll spot one of the klieg lights used by television crews to light Mike Shula.

Artist's rendering of what the renovated Football Complex will look like, viewed from the Northeast corner showing the new weight room.

The Football Complex annex isn't the only major project set to begin this summer. Renovation of Bryant Hall into an academic center, construction of a new outdoor Tennis Stadium, and building a pavilion and stands beside the existing Soccer Field are also set to begin soon. The photo shows the cleared area behind the Student Recreation Center. To the far left is the Soccer Field with supplies already stacked along its bank. In the middle you can see the new entrance to the REC Center, still under construction. In the foreground and stretching to the right will be a parking lot shared by the REC Center and the Soccer Stadium.

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