School of Health Professions

Birmingham, Alabama
University of Alabama at Birmingham Completed 2013

In order to provide additional space for its growing School of Health Professions, UAB engaged Davis Architects to design a two-level addition on the School’s existing four-level facility located in the heart of the urban campus. The 34,000 SF addition includes two new Physical Therapy Labs, the Dean’s Suite, an Executive Learning Center, small and large conference rooms, offices, and other support spaces. Organized around a main corridor, spaces are organized into suites to provide departmental identity and ease of wayfinding, and the layout allows for natural lighting in corridors through the use of borrowed lites and frosted glass in the offices. UAB also tasked Davis Architects with enhancing the exterior design, rather than simply extruding the envelope of the lower four floors. As a result, the six floor slab was extended beyond the lower floors to cantilever slightly from the building. This allowed for some larger program spaces on the top floor and affords the Executive Learning Center and Dean’s Suites access to daylighting and views. The exterior design brings a more contemporary theme to the building while still maintaining some of the traditional window and cornice details.