Student Organization Assembly Building

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama

Downtown Birmingham is home to the expansive campus of The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Within this dense urban environment and adjacent University medical district, student organizations play a large role in creating a diverse community for undergraduate campus life. As enrollment of the University and involvement in Student Life organizations increases, a dedicated home was necessary to allow for continued growth and custom programming.

In the fall of 2021, ArchitectureWorks engaged with staff, organization leaders, and student members through a series of planning events and online surveys to assess goals for the building. With the site situated a 5-10 minute walk from most academic and on-campus residential facilities, students wanted space for informal activities such as studying and socializing as well as a variety of meeting space sizes and presentation equipment for recruitment events and other student-led meetings.

Due to limited site area, ArchitectureWorks developed various spatial schemes to provide student organizations with a recognizable campus presence at a busy intersection close to the base of Red Mountain while taking advantage of views towards Vulcan and the high-visibility outdoor event spaces. The building is sized to meet the current needs of Student Life organizations while providing opportunities for future expansion with the anticipated overall campus growth.