University of Alabama at Birmingham, New Hill Student Center

Birmingham, Alabama

  • FIRM

    Herrington Architects

  • CLIENT

    University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • AREA

    162,256 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $40,448,037.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    1/2016

Described as “the living room of UAB,” the Hill Student Center centralizes student services on the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus. Bathed in natural light, this central community space forms the backdrop for organized events, impromptu performances and gatherings, as well as daily dining, social activities and educational programs. The Center’s flexible design ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMHastings+Chivetta ArchitectsCOST PER SQ FT$249.00FEATURED IN2017 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYStudent Centers/Service Areas community building and enthusiasm for learning, and fosters collaboration, creativity and campus spirit.
Open spaces with flexible furniture invite a range of social and learning interactions. An easy-to-navigate layout and main corridor promote transparency and visibility that is conducive to the array of departments housed in the facility. The glass-filled exterior provides transparency into all areas of the building. An innovative high-performance honeycomb glazing was used on west-facing windows to not only diffuse light while reducing solar heat gain and providing privacy, but also achieve an interesting aesthetic effect.
The One Stop Student Services Center is among the signature services in the building, and designers highlighted it with dramatic ceiling treatments, an organic front desk and specialized furniture. The Performance Lounge is an intimate space designed for interactive activities such as poetry readings, acoustical guitar performances and small presentations. The Campus Visit Center has electronically charged glass windows to provide privacy during presentations. The facility also has a large ballroom, three restaurants, a bookstore, a gaming lounge and a theater.
The center incorporates many sustainable design features and systems including LED lighting, low-VOC paints and finishes, recycled materials and low-flow plumbing fixtures.