The centrepiece of the new Tutwiler Hall dormitory in Alabama is a very special staircase. Werner Sobek was responsible for the structural engineering and advised on the execution. The special geometry of the staircase, its enormous size and prominent location in the hall required an extremely high level of attention to detail from design to completion.
Mackey Mitchell Architects, Turnerbatson and a group of consultants worked with the University of Alabama to design the state-of-the-art freshman residence hall. The 365,000-square-foot building replaces a ten-storey residential tower that had previously served as a dormitory.