Construction is under way for a new $37.5 million project at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to house the Collat School of Business and Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Community leaders gathered in December for the official groundbreaking at the site, on University Boulevard between 12th and 13th Streets South. Among those in attendance were Charles Collat, Mayer Electric chairman emeritus; Ed Aldag of Medical Properties Trust and Billy Harbert of BL Harbert International. Construction is expected to run for 18 months, yielding a four-story, mostly traditional brick structure of 110, 000 square feet to house learning spaces, a high-tech trading and finance lab, study rooms and a three-story atrium.
A large landscaped courtyard on the east side of the building will lead students to the main entrance of the Collat School of Business, while the main entrance to the Harbert IIE will be on the north side of the building.
Williams Blackstock Architects of Birmingham and Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York City are architects of record on this project. Brasfield & Gorrie has the facility’s construction contract.
Text by Dave Helms