For over 70 years, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System has been recognized as a leading medical center in the Southeastern United States. To maintain the proper balance between functionality, technology, and aesthetics the University embarked on a significant interior refresh throughout all existing medical facilities.
Among the facilities requiring renovations was the Spain-Wallace Building. The facility’s medical-surgical kidney unit, which spans across the building’s seventh and eighth floors, needed a boost to the architectural character of both the patient and staff areas. We were called upon to provide architecture and interior design services to transform these inpatient floors into safe and more appealing spaces for patients, staff, and visitors alike.
With safety and comfort at the helm of our design, we provided fully upgraded architectural finishes and wall coverings and replaced the flooring with high-performing vinyl to allow safer navigation throughout the space. Clinical and public areas were also fully renovated with new finishes and flooring. Other improvements include modernized furnishings across all nursing units and new corridor handrail systems. The pairing of these enhancements with a newly installed nurse call system covering both nursing units greatly enriched the unit’s character and safety. We actively engaged the hospital staff in the selection of new materials and colors, instilling more than just a new look, but also a stronger sense of pride for the space in which they spend their days.
In addition to meeting critical renovation needs, our design solutions integrated inviting colors, durable finishes, and an overall sense of place within an often stressful environment. This transformation syncs the building well within the cultural evolution taking place across the UAB campus and contributes to UAB Hospital’s reputation as a destination for patients, visitors, and employees.