Union on Frank

WINNER: Best Student Rental Multifamily Community

Special Category Multifamily Projects
Contact: Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards
pillars@nahb.org

Union on Frank building
Union on Frank lobby
Union on Frank collaborative space
Union on Frank clubhouse
Union on Frank lobby area
Union on Frank pool area

Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
Award Applicant: Forum Architecture & Interior Design
Architect/Interior Designer/Interior Merchandiser: Forum Architecture & Interior Design
Developer: Greystar
General Contractor: Harrison Construction
Photographer: Uneek Image
Project Website: uniononfrank.com

Project Statement

The design palette of Union on Frank was established early in the project’s conception based on the historic beauty of the University of Alabama’s campus. Featuring elaborate brick facades, traditional limestone, arched storefronts and windows, decorative cornices and architectural brackets, the exterior of the building ties in seamlessly to the visual landscape of Tuscaloosa. Metal canopies are integrated into the large expanses of storefront to add interest at the pedestrian scale and reduce solar heat gain in the amenity spaces.

A shared access right-of-way bifurcates the site, separating the project into two buildings connected by a sky-bridge for internal circulation. The primary building along Frank Thomas includes the main entrance tower, four-story parking garage, which is partially subterranean, with five-stories of residential building above.

The project’s adjacency to the campus allows for easy walkability and biking to campus for students.