Future $64.5 million UAB Science and Engineering Building slated for Southside

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Birmingham, Alabama, UAB Science and Engineering Building, college students
UAB students, like their university, are always on the move. Photo via UAB’s Facebook page

Stage I approval has been secured from the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees. Now plans move ahead for a new science and engineering complex on UAB’s urban campus in Birmingham.

The Details

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Here’s where the new building will go. Map via UAB News
  • Academic disciplines that will call the new UAB science and engineering complex home: the departments of biology, physics and chemistry within the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the College of Engineering.
  • Location: 14th Street South between University Boulevard and 10th Avenue South in Birmingham (the site of UAB’s current Education Building.)
  • Size: 115,000 square feet for classrooms, labs and admin space
  • Cost: $64.5 million
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UAB student studying. Photo via UAB’s Facebook page

“As our programs in science and engineering continue to grow, it is important that we provide facilities to support their educational and research efforts. The new complex will enhance facilities to support strategic initiatives around education, research, innovation and economic development, as well as community engagement.”

Pam Benoit, UAB provost

Staying Competitive Globally

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Blaze statue at the UAB Collat School of Business building. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

UAB already kills it in rankings nationally and worldwide. In 2018, the Center for World University Rankings, the largest academic ranking of global universities, listed UAB 191st out of 18,000 universities worldwide.

Continual upgrades to campus, like the future science and engineering complex, help UAB keep its competitive edge—and that’s good for Birmingham, too. The following UAB facilities have either recently opened, are under construction or are planned for the future.

“This new science and engineering complex will serve as an engine that will transform education and provide new economic development opportunities for UAB, the city of Birmingham and the state of Alabama.”

Robert Palazzo, dean of the UAB College of Arts and Sciences