Birmingham, Alabama

When the Innovation Depot, a non-profit business incubator site for start-up companies, went searching for a new headquarters it was an old Sears Department Store, vacant for 20 years, that caught their attention. Williams Blackstock was able to breathe life into the dilapidated structure creating 120,000-square-feet of office space, 20,000-square-feet of research laboratories, a copy center, conference rooms, café and bakery, training facilities, rooftop terrace and landscaped courtyards. Not only does this project provide a new home for the Innovation Depot, it also serves as a catalyst for urban development by revitalizing a blighted two-block area of downtown Birmingham.

2009 Preservation Award – Birmingham Historical Society
2008 Overall Design, Architecture – Alabama Chapter, NAIOP
2008 Honor Citation – Gulf States Region, AIA
2008 Merit Award, Renovation/Adaptive Reuse – Birmingham Chapter, AIA
2008 Outstanding Project of the Year – Construction Specifications Institutes
2007 Honor Award, Renovation/Restoration – Alabama Council, AIA