UAB to demolish 7 buildings on campus; list and ideas for replacements

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    UAB Towne House, photo via Pat Byington, Bham Now

As you drive around the southside of downtown Birmingham, it seems every building belongs to UAB. You’ve probably seen a few outdated buildings on the UAB campus that just don’t compare to the sleek, new and improved ones.

UAB has approved the demolition of seven building. UAB has yet to release what exactly all of the upcoming open space will be used for, but it’s pretty certain it will be used for future growth.

Room for growth

UAB, the state’s largest employer and the engine of the our local economy, had record enrollment in 2017, which totaled 20,902 – an increase of 1,367 students from 2016 record total of 19,535.

The buildings include:
  • 1200 Building – 1200 6th Avenue South
  • Jefferson County DHR Building (former) – 1301 5th Avenue South
  • 711 Building – 711 11th Street South
  • Dowdy Building – 1109 7th Avenue South
  • Cancer Research Center – 550 11th Street South
  • Worrell Building – 924 18th Street South
  • UAB Towne House – 2008 University Boulevard
UAB Towne House – 2008 University Boulevard
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UAB Towne House, photo via Pat Byington, Bham Now
Worrell Building – 924 18th Street South
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Worrell Building– 924 18th Street South. Via Pat Byington, Bham Now.
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Worrell Building to go. Via Pat Byington, Bham Now.
Hmmm…?

What will they do with the space? Parking, student apartments, state of the art laboratories, a new fine arts center (already proposed), adding veterinary science to the curriculum?

What are your ideas for the replacements? And should UAB stick to the traditional red or brown brick and glass designs or make the new buildings avant garde architectural wonders?

1200 Building at 1200 6th Ave. S.
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1200 Building  at 1200 6th Ave.South, via – BhamNow, Pat Byington

 

The former Jefferson County DHR building at 1301 5th Ave. S.
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via – BhamNow, Pat Byington

 

711 Building at 711 11th St. S.
via- BhamNow, Pat Byington

 

Cancer Research Center 550 11th Street South
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via – BhamNow, Pat ByingtonCancer Research Center at 550 11th St. S.
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via- BhamNow, Pat Byington