UA trustees to vote on Tuscaloosa campus shelter

UA trustees to vote on Tuscaloosa campus shelter

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If UA trustees approve plans for an on-campus storm shelter, construction will start before the end of the year. Source: WBRC video If UA trustees approve plans for an on-campus storm shelter, construction will start before the end of the year. Source: WBRC video
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

The University of Alabama is taking another step to keep students safe during severe weather season.

Trustees with the University of Alabama System are meeting during the next two days in Huntsville. One of the items board members will consider concerns building a storm shelter on the Tuscaloosa campus.

Friday, the board will vote on a resolution approving renderings for the East Campus safe shelter.

The above-ground facility will be located east of the Child Development Center, near the rec center and student health building. The building will span 5,200 square feet and accommodate 725 people.

A spokeswoman for the trustees described it as an "extended severe weather event facility."

It's in stage three of the process, so this is the third time trustees have addressed plans for this storm shelter. If the renderings for the shelter are approved, construction for it should begin before the end of the year.

Many students said they feel having a shelter on campus will give folks more peace of mind during tornado warnings.

"I think that's a great idea. Obviously, we are in a tornado area. So anything that helps students stay safe is a good idea to me," UA student Clay Taylor said.

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