Gresham Smith opens new Birmingham office in the Five Points South area

Gresham Smith
Ribbon cutting at 2222 Arlington (Gresham Smith)

Gresham Smith, a national architecture, engineering and design firm that has had a presence in Birmingham since 1979 opened a new office this week in the Five Points South neighborhood.

Former Bayer Properties HQ

The firm’s new location is on the second floor of 2222 Arlington (formerly the Bayer Properties Headquarters). They will occupy 9,800 square feet in the newly renovated building.

According to Gresham Smith, the new space features a hybrid, free-address/unassigned workstation model, allowing employees to work from different locations based on who they’re teaming with, what project they are working on, or simply what surroundings they prefer to work in.

Design features include:

  • Neighborhoods with “quiet” and “active” zones that enable effective, focused work when needed that allows for engaged teamwork when preferred.
  • A variety of individual work spaces beyond a simple desk.
  • Collaborative spaces that work for small, mid sized and large groups.
  • Shared design resource areas.
  • A work cafe/hub amenity space

They have also commissioned a mural featuring Vulcan.

40+ Years in Birmingham

“This is one of our firm’s first offices that has been designed to support and align with the post-pandemic needs of a hybrid remote/in-office workstyle,” said Rodney Chester, CEO and Board Chair of Gresham Smith.

A mainstay in Birmingham for over 40 years, Gresham Smith clients in The Magic City include — UAB Medicine, Encompass Health Corporation, Blue Bell, City of Birmingham and Jefferson County.

As reported by Bham Now, Gresham Smith recently designed the new state of the art Cooper Green Mercy Medical Center, which is slated to open in the summer of 2024.

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Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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