Calling future architects! Sharon Hughes and Jeremy Cutts represented Williams Blackstock Architects at Helena Intermediate School Annual Career Day.
After a short presentation on the Day in the Life of an Architect, the kids got into groups to complete an activity. Each group represented a design firm, and were given a client who needed an addition on an existing house. The students were tasked with adding 2 additional bedrooms and a playroom, as well as whatever they thought they should have been added to the project. After drawing their additions out on a site plan, the students were then asked to pass their design to the next group, and the other group had to build what was drawn.
This activity gave the students a glimpse into how we work every day, by designing in teams and working together with the builder to bring a client’s vision to life.
Williams Blackstock Architects is proud to serve the communities of St. Clair County. The new Northside Medical Home in Pell City, Alabama celebrated its grand opening with a number of ribbon cuttings.
Williams Blackstock Architects is excited to be working with Children's of Alabama to design their new office space and parking deck.
We had a great evening representing the firm at the 2017 AIA Birmingham Design Awards, taking home awards for High Cotton, Lewis Communications and Nike Showroom.
- Honor Award
- Jury Award
This project is an interior renovation of a 57,000SF existing concrete tilt-up panel warehouse with no windows and a 24 foot tall structural deck. The program was to provide 15,000SF of office space and 43,000SF of production printing space for a company that requires security for the banking industry related business.
The design concept integrates the employees of the production printing side of the business with the administrative office employees for more effective collaboration, and efficiency and create a work environment that inspires, retains and attracts employees, while impressing potential clients.
- Merit Award
The 28,000-square foot renovated building is the new home for Lewis Communications, a marketing and branding company. The project is a historic tax-credit renovation of a Postwar International style five- story building in a dynamic and growing urban downtown setting. The design goal was to create an interior design that is simple, clean, and timeless. The new interior brings a contemporary edge and complements the historic interior elements remaining. The design captures the natural daylight and provides a creative, fun, collaborative and comfortable workplace for the employees.
- Honor Award
This project is a showroom space for Nike to serve wholesale customers who are major retailers of sporting goods shoes and clothing. The interior design expresses materials that are unique to the Birmingham locale including, blue mill scale steel, Sylacauga marble, and locally recycled gym flooring and bleachers for wood elements throughout the space.
The rustic, raw, Alabama marble and blue mill scale steel materials transition to more polished and finished materials to symbolize the shaping of a finely-tuned athlete through inspiration and innovation, hard-work, practice, and technique. The story of Nike is told through the treatment of the materials, the details, and the relationship materials throughout the spaces.
We had a rocking good time at the 2017 IDIES Awards last month with other Birmingham area interior designers. The theme for the night was rock and roll bands and our designers posed as Devo for their "album cover." Business Alabama has a great write up covering the awards that took place at Iron City Bhm. We were honored to take home awards for Nike Birmingham Retail Showroom and Lewis Communications.
We were proud to receive a Merit Award at the annual AIA Gulf States Region 2017 Honor Awards ceremony held in Orlando. Twenty-eight projects, out of the 144 entered, were recognized for their bold choices in color and materials, dramatic transformations, restrained design moves, and overall design excellence.
Cahaba Brewing Company
- Merit Award- AIA, Gulf States Region
In the spirit of revitalization that is moving through Birmingham, Alabama, the four partners of Cahaba Brewing Company took their love of craft beer, motivated by its growing popularity in the region, as an opportunity to expand their brewery and taproom. The 21,000SF renovated space and $65/SF minimal budget was not a hindrance but the foundation for tactful design decisions.
The UAB School of Nursing project is in the final stages of demolition and foundation reinforcements. Keep a look out for construction to pick up as five floors are added to the existing building along University Boulevard. UAB has a webcam set up to view the building progress.
Check it out and see if you can find Williams Blackstock Architects' projects currently under construction. The Birmingham Business Journal has created a "Crane Watch" map to track various construction project happening in and around Birmingham.
Here are some projects to look for:
- Ronald McDonald House Expansion
- The Waites
- UAB Collat School of Business
- UAB School of Nursing Addition