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Modernizing a center of critical thinking.


Completed in 1973, the Buris R. Boshell Diabetes Research and Education Building at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has long served as a center for cutting-edge research, advanced learning, and critical thinking. UAB decided to renovate and modernize the building’s fifth and sixth floors, home to lab and support spaces that had not been updated since its original construction over 40 years ago and no longer complied with current building codes.

Tailoring the Solution

A revived space that fosters interaction.

The program involved the demolition of the entire floorplate across both levels to create a new administrative office suite for the Department of Surgery that houses open office areas, meeting rooms, and collaborative spaces. The project area was fit up with new walls, floors, ceilings, and finishes as well as updated electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems.

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The revived space unites and fosters interaction among the Department of Surgery’s various divisions, providing a modern environment where these team members can connect and collaborate more readily.

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