Officials Break Ground on Computing and Mathematics Building
Apr. 28, 2022
FLORENCE, AL – Officials from the University of North Alabama, the Shoals Legislative Delegation, and the City of Florence broke ground this afternoon on the new 45,000-square-foot Computing and Mathematics Building.
“This project is a critical component in the institution’s ongoing role as Alabama’s Workforce Development University,” said UNA President Dr. Ken Kitts. “We are grateful for the partnerships we have with the Legislative Delegation from the Shoals, the City of Florence and the Shoals EDA who helped make this project a reality and that will allow us to maintain our commitment to producing workforce-ready graduates to fill in-demand jobs in the area, the region, and throughout the State of Alabama.”
The project, which will house all Computing programs in the CSIS Department, as well as the Department of Mathematics, is the result of funding from the State of Alabama, the Shoals Economic Development Authority, and the City of Florence for a total of more than $20 million.
“This beautiful new facility is another example of UNA’s commitment to workforce development, innovation, and student success,” said Dr. Ross Alexander, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. “As evidenced by our rapidly growing computing programs, UNA degrees lead immediately to high-paying jobs for our graduates, right here in Alabama.”
Representatives from the Shoals Legislative Delegation as well as the City of Florence were on hand for the ceremony.
“I am proud to have worked with this administration at UNA,” said Sen. Tim Melson. “They have great advocates and leaders. This (project) is long overdue, but this is just the beginning of working” with UNA.
The facility will allow the University to double the size of its computing programs and number of graduates, in direct collaboration with industry partners, in order to meet burgeoning workforce demand in the technology sector throughout the region.Construction, which is expected to be complete in Summer 2023, also includes a total renovation of Founders Hill and Memorial Amphitheater. This will provide a comprehensive repurposing in this central area of campus, which is often used for outdoor events, impromptu class sessions, and as a meeting place for students.
About The University of North Alabama
The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering credential, certificate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs in the colleges of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; Business and Technology; Education and Human Sciences; and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. The first-choice University for more than 10,000 on-campus and online students, UNA is on a bucolic campus in Florence, Alabama, part of the historic and vibrant Shoals region. Lions Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/