The Civil Engineering department moved into the $5 million, 43,000 square foot John M. Harbert III Engineering Center, in March 1986. The building was constructed with special support features, which include a structural reaction floor, overhead cranes and walk-in environmental chambers. It provides excellent laboratory facilities for our students and faculty. The Highway Research Center's (HRC) projects are executed in the following departmental laboratory spaces:
For detailed descriptions of the different research laboratories, please visit the general departmental facilities page.
HRC’s bridge load testing van provides researchers with the ability to collect data from a secure air-conditioned space while visiting bridge test sites across the state. This unique vehicle is custom made and allow researchers to have a desk for data acquisition and computer equipment to collect and process data during bridge load testing.
HRC's Spring Villa Test Site, located in Opelika, AL provides a space where full-scale research can be performed. The Spring Villa Test Site is also part of the National Geotechnical Experimentation Sites (NGES) Program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The NGES Program contains a network of U.S. test sites to facilitate the development of new techniques of soil characterization and earthwork construction and allowing geotechnical researchers to select the most appropriate site for their needs based on soil type, site location, and available geotechnical data.