New $96M tech building coming to the University of Alabama

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The University of Alabama will soon have a new building on campus. (Jacob Blankenship / The Bama Buzz)

As artificial intelligence (AI) becomes a hot topic relevant to almost everything and everyone, the University of Alabama is looking to be on the cutting edge with a new development. On September 5, 2023, UA announced Stage 1 approval to construct a $96M High Performance Computing and Data Center (HPC). Here’s what you need to know.

The new High Performance Computing and Data Center at the University of Alabama

On the eastern edge of the University of Alabama (UA), students will soon see a massive project taking shape. The High Performance Computing and Data Center takes its name seriously, being on the cutting edge of technological innovation and research.

According to a release from UA, HPC will have a “large, connected computing system that will be the fastest in the state and on par with peer research institutions.”

The new HPC facility will serve a number of purposes:

  • Attracting top-notch faculty
  • Positioning UA for more industrial, government and peer partnerships
  • Aiding research + discovery, especially in the areas of water, transportation, cybersecurity and human well-being

A 40,000-square-foot building at the University of Alabama

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The new, huge building will be an incredible asset to the University of Alabama. (Jacob Blankenship / The Bama Buzz)

The sprawling University of Alabama is about to get even more square footage with the HPC development. Here are some fast facts:

  • 40,000-square-foot building
  • $96M project
  • August 2026 targeted completion

Approximately half of the funding comes from a disbursement from the United States Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, the other half coming from supplemental appropriation from the state’s Education Trust Fund.

“The High Performance Computing and Data Center touches every discipline on campus and is an opportunity to incorporate technology in the University’s entire fabric to engage and prepare students for their careers.

This center will be a driver for developing a highly skilled workforce that will spur economic development for the 21st century in Alabama.”

Dr. Allen Parrish, Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development (UA News)

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