The original Richard A. Curry Building was a massive 345,000 square-foot space that functioned as the heart of operations for the City of Tuscaloosa. It housed the City’s Emergency Management Agency, Environmental Services Department, and maintenance and operations divisions for numerous other city departments, including the police. When the tornado passed over it, the giant building crumbled, leaving behind little more than the thirty grateful survivors hiding inside.
The new Curry Complex is a state-of-the art, 24-hour solid waste management and recycling facility. It includes a Recycling Education Center, which teaches children about the importance of recycling and squarely points Tuscaloosa in the direction of long term environmental and economic sustainability.