The UA System board of trustees will consider awarding a construction contract for the new Tutwiler residence hall scheduled to open in fall 2022.

The board’s physical properties committee approved awarding the contract for construction of the building to B.L. Harbert International LLC of Birmingham on Thursday as it considered a series of projects that also included a new parking lot on the historic Bryce campus. The construction contract amount is $115 million.

The foundation of the new dorm, which will have 1,284 beds in double occupancy rooms and be located immediately to the west of the existing Tutwiler Hall, is already under construction.

The new dorm will also feature social gathering spaces and multipurpose rooms, a 16,600-square-foot storm shelter and a central courtyard.

The existing dorm, which houses about 1,000 students and was built in 1968, will be demolished in 2022 once its replacement is completed.

“I’m currently accepting bids for who gets to push the plunger,” said Matthew Fajack, UA's vice president for financial affairs, joking about the demolition.

If the board approves the contract Friday, the next stage of construction on the building would begin in a couple of weeks, Fajack said.

The package to construct the building was bid in October and came in below the cost estimated in the budget. The committee approved revising the budget from $150 million to $145 million.

The committee also approved preliminary plans for a $2 million project to build a 129-spot parking lot on the Bryce campus northeast of the historic main building. The lot is the first phase of a 410-spot parking area that will eventually serve the renovated main building and planned performing arts center.

The committee also approved construction contracts and budget revisions for a stormwater management project adjacent to the new dorm site on 10th Avenue and the renovation of the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility.

The trustees approved revising the budget for the parking lot storm water management project from $ 9 million to $7.7 million and executing a construction contract with WAR Construction of Tuscaloosa. They approved revising budget for the athletic facility renovation from $16.1 million to $16 million and executing a construction contract with J.T. Harrison Construction Co.

The committee also approved preliminary plans to renovate two buildings on the former Partlow Developmental Center campus for use as warehouse space, land and real estate services and the environmental health and safety chemical storage warehouse. The proposed renovations would cost about $5.8 million.