(Above left) Formerly the football athletics dorm, Bryant Hall is undergoing a complete renovation.
The NCAA now prohibits football-only facilities for student-athletes, which forced the closing of Bryant Hall as a dormitory some years back. But Athletics Director Mal Moore envisions the new Bryant Hall as a state-of-the-art academic support center, which will serve all Crimson Tide athletes.
The outside appearance will mostly remain the same, but the interior of Bryant Hall will be completely redone. As part of that process, workmen are almost finished gutting the inside, removing all non-weight-bearing walls in preparation for the reconstruction of the building.
Photo taken from the back of Bryant Hall, you can see all the way through the building to the front lawn and parking lot beyond. The new Student-Athlete Academic Center will accomodate the players' schedules with a comprehensive studies facility, computer center, lecture hall and other specialized areas of instruction.
Where athletes used to be housed two-by-two in row upon row of dorm rooms, the space will now be given over to small- and large-group study halls, tutoring areas and computer labs. The Academic Center will serve the Crimson Tide's 400-plus student-athletes in all 20 Division I Sports.
When completed, the new Bryant Hall will be a showcase facility, especially valuable in recruiting with education-conscious parents. Specific features will include a Reading Laboratory, a Writing Laboratory, a Mathematics Laboratory, a dedicated computer center with flexible hours, a dedicated lecture hall for sports related activities, Dining Facility for student-athletes, and a new state-of-the-art dormitory, to be shared by underclassmen football players and students from the School of Engineering.
Artist's rendering of the completed Bryant Hall, including the additional dormitory wings (left front and left back). At a later date, The University will add dormitory wings to the (left) side of Bryant Hall, which will house both underclass athletes and Engineering students. Since more than 51 percent of students served by the facililty will be non-athletes, the new Bryant Hall will conform to all pertinent NCAA regulations.