We got an inside look at plans for The Hardwick, and it’s even better than we imagined [PHOTOS]

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The Hardwick by night. Rendering via Williams Blackstock Architects

Ever since we heard about Bayer Properties’ plans to bring new life to the old Hardwick Building on the Rotary Trail back in May 2020, we’ve been eager to find out more. Recently, we spoke with architects Matt Foley and Brittany Foley of Williams Blackstock Architects (WBA) and Meredith Calhoun of Bayer Properties to get the inside scoop. Here’s what we learned.

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These building projects changed the face of Birmingham—the behind-the-scenes story

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When Williams Blackstock Architects moved downtown in 2002, they were pioneers. Photo via Greg Hursley

For more than 25 years, Williams Blackstock Architects has been working to change the face of Birmingham. They’ve done this with historic preservation and adaptive reuse projects, new buildings and projects at UAB. We talked with Principal Architect Joel Blackstock to get the behind the scenes story.

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Wondering what Birmingham’s future offices might look like? We asked the pros [PHOTOS]

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Informal collaborative spaces like this one at Graham & Co. make you feel like you’re right at home. Photo via Timothy Hursley

2020 has made a lot of people in Birmingham miss in-person offices and wonder about offices of the future. Want to attract and keep talent? How ’bout fostering employee wellness and company culture? We talked with the pros at Williams Blackstock Architects to find out how the spaces we work in shape everything.

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3 beautiful venues where you can host the perfect gathering in the future (PHOTOS)

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The Florentine’s ballroom, restored to its former glory. Photo via Williams Blackstock Architects

Even though a lot of holiday gatherings won’t be happening this year, who’s dreaming about events in a post-COVID world? Whether it’s an office party, a family get-together or a wedding for a distant future you’re planning, we’ve got three venues designed by Williams Blackstock Architects that you need to check out today.

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Birmingham’s historic Greyhound Station is being redeveloped for the future today [PHOTOS]

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Architects, developers and a designer on the old Greyhound station in Birmingham
Developers, architects and a designer in the Greyhound Building. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

For years, Birmingham’s historic Greyhound station has been what architects call a “dormant opportunity.” That’s about to change—thanks to developer Mike Mouron and Williams Blackstock Architects. Keep reading for the inside scoop on this incredible renovation project featuring historic preservation and adaptive reuse, plus original photos.

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Parkside’s Ronald McDonald House Charities in the midst of expanding

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On March 3rd, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama began construction on their long awaited expansion project.

Located on 1700 Fourth Ave. S., the organization serves families with children who are fighting cancer and provides comfort in the time of need.

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