The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama
Project Size and Construction Cost
76,000 GSF and $7.2 million
General Description
Sherlock, Smith & Adams designed the new facility at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) as a phased expansion of the School of Health Professions. The building foundation consists of driven steel piles where building abuts two adjacent structures. Existing site conditions were very restrictive with utilities, soils, and adjacent structures. The building exterior–composed of brick, pre-cast concrete and glass–is designed to easily accommodate future upward and northward additions. The design included several bid options, and bids were within budget.
The four-story building provides offices, laboratories, and lecture spaces from four interrelated departments within the school. The building connects directly to the UAB Learning Resource Center and faces Unity Park. Students and faculty interact in modern laboratories and media-equipped environments that push the envelope of medical education.
SS&A was retained for the Phase II feasibility study for the two floor addition as evidence of the continued professional relationship with the University.