SCHOOL OF NURSING
The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing is committed to sustaining nursing leadership worldwide and the new state-of-the-art, transformative renovation and expansion of their existing aged facility will help elevate their role in driving the future of nursing education and development around the globe. The design was a “synapse” for collaboration and idea exchange, where all programs come together in the building and circulate the surrounding community of health education through the core of the building. The design creates a new heart of student and faculty spaces connected at the joint between the new and existing buildings by a central atrium and stair.
The existing 1970’s portion of the school was screened by the new dramatic glass structure, which provides a new face and image for the school on the main boulevard through campus. A palette of timeless terrazzo, warm wood, and layers of glass signify a welcoming atmosphere. A combination of new and renovated space on the ground floor brings together classrooms, skills labs and a new nursing competency suite for detailed training and testing. The carefully orchestrated combination of exterior vertical fins and horizontal shades create a unique look on the main thoroughfare of the UAB campus, while controlling solar access, and tying into the context of unique façade features of the surrounding buildings.