HPM Selected for North Alabama Stadium Build Project

By Eric Althoff

FLORENCE, Ala.—The University of North Alabama has chosen HPM to oversee construction of the campus’s new Bank Independent Stadium. Baseball, soccer and football will all be played at the stadium, which is expected to be up and running for those sporting events in time for the 2026-2027 school year. Davis Architects will serve as architect-of-record for the sports-and-entertainment complex, which will stand where the school’s current turf field, Mike D. Lane Field and a grass practice field are located.

HPM will provide preconstruction services including budgeting, design management, contract negotiation and risk assessment. The design phase, anticipated to be completed later this year, will be followed by a more detailed construction and cost plan.

“The forthcoming Bank Independent Stadium is an exciting addition to our extensive portfolio of sports and recreation projects across the country, and we have seen immense demand for these types of facilities in Alabama as our state’s population continues to grow,” HPM Vice President of Program Development Ben Henson said of the stadium project. “We’re looking forward to working alongside the University of North Alabama to deliver this highly anticipated multipurpose facility, which will serve as a transformative community venue and a catalyst for Florence’s burgeoning growth story.”

Added Evan Thornton, UNA CFO and Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs at the university: “We are excited about this next step in the process of seeing the Bank Independent Stadium come to life at the University of North Alabama. HPM and Davis Architects will be tremendous assets to us as we embark on this historic project.”

Among HPM’s many other notable educational performance venue projects are several for the University of Alabama as well as Daniel Meyer Coliseum and Lupton Baseball Field at Texas Christian University.