From Business Alabama magazine: Alabama Projects by Alabama Builders
Alabama Projects by Alabama Builders
Student Lux by Gail Short
Amason: The Hub on Campus
The Hub on Campus in Tuscaloosa is an off-campus student apartment complex under construction along “the Strip,” just blocks from the University of Alabama and Bryant-Denny Stadium.
The eight-story, 276,700-square-foot building with 187 furnished apartment units is scheduled for completion in August, says Robert Amason Jr., president of Amason & Associates Inc., the construction company overseeing the project.
With specialties in construction management, general contracting, pre-construction and design build, the Tuscaloosa firm has, since its 1988 founding, built and renovated manufacturing and health care facilities, hotels, schools and structures on campuses that include Stillman College and Mississippi University for Women. At the University of Alabama, Amason was the general contractor for the Houser Hall renovation.
In Tuscaloosa, Amason’s portfolio includes multi-family and student housing projects like the Hub and The Nine, another upscale, eight-building complex close to campus. The Nine has 216 furnished units, a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse, a fitness center and a volleyball court.
“We will or have constructed over 1,000 beds serving the UA student population within the last year,” says Amason. “In August of 2017, we completed The Nine at Tuscaloosa, which was a 544-bed student apartment community. We have another 500-plus beds in the pre-construction phase now for the UA market.”
The Hub at Tuscaloosa is a joint project of Core Spaces and UP Campus Properties, both headquartered in Chicago.
The Hub will have five floors of apartment units that together will add up to about 140,000 square feet. It also will have three levels of parking, including underground parking that Amason says has allowed them to build within the height restrictions specified by the local zoning ordinances.
The Hub’s apartment units will feature private bedrooms, high-speed Wi-Fi, walk-in closets, in-unit laundries, vinyl-plank flooring, stainless steel appliances, designer cabinetry and high-end finishes such as quartz countertops.
And besides the Hub’s “resort-style” rooftop pool and lounge area, the building’s other amenities will include a fitness center, yoga room, spa and sauna, clubhouse, BBQ pits and courtyards. The Hub also will have a business center and study lounge.
Amason says constructing The Hub apartment complex was especially challenging because of the tight land use constraints.
“We touch the right-of-way on two sides and are within 20 feet of the other property lines,” he says. “The entire site had to be shored, [there were] significant utility relocations and over 100 existing apartment units demolished to make way for the project.
“These initial activities were completed in only two months,” says Amason, “while the actual building construction will be finished in less than 16 months.”