Chad Baumer Photography
Highlands College Shb
Highlands College Shb
Highlands College Shb
Highlands College Shb
Highlands College Shb

From the 2022 Architectural Portfolio: Highlands College

March 31, 2023
The project was recognized in the Postsecondary School category.

Highlands College in Birmingham, Ala., is a biblical higher education institution that exists to train and empower leaders to fulfill the Great Commission. The college purchased and renovated a 62-plus-acre former corporate headquarters in a Birmingham suburb. The three-story facility creates collaborative and relational place for the students and faculty. Each floor features an open, light-filled circulation space connecting learning studios, practicum spaces, and faculty offices. The design intent for these “living laboratories” was to provide a sustainable, engaging facility that connects the users with their environment and with one another. Large expanses of glass provide unobstructed views of the outdoors, and natural materials such as wood and concrete to create a tactile, grounded, and organic foundation. 

Read more about Highlands College and view a photo gallery at SchoolDesigns.com.

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