Constructed in the 1890s, Oliver-Barnard Hall sits at the heart of the University of Alabama’s Tuscaloosa campus, sharing the Quad with Gorgas Library and Denney Chimes. The building houses the Blount Scholars Program with offices, seminar rooms, and a large gathering space with exposed wood structure and painted brick exterior walls. This major renovation will bring the building into the next century for the University and its scholars, including the addition of a new, exterior raised courtyard adjacent to the gathering space.
Client: University of Alabama
Graduate School Offices
The Administrative Offices for the University of Alabama Graduate School are located within the Rose Administration Building at the heart of the University’s campus and serves the needs of over 5,000 postgraduates. The renovation of this existing space resulted from a collaborative visioning exercise with the Graduate School dean and staff, imagining a space that reflected their values and their identity. The organization and flow of space was clarified from the original plan while taking advantage of exposed structure to heighten perimeter offices. Glass is extensively used to create a sense of light and openness while defining private working areas. An existing material palette received new translations throughout to emphasize the school’s unique place within the University while anchoring it to the spirit of the larger Rose Administration.