Highlands College Featured in American School & University® 2022 Architectural Portfolio

Melissa Anderson

Marketing Coordinator

January 4, 2023

TURNERBATSON is proud to announce that Highlands College has been selected for publication in Endeavor Business Media’s American School & University® 2022 Architectural Portfolio. It was featured in the November/December 2022 edition of the magazine and online at SchoolDesigns.com. An annual competition honoring education design excellence, the Architectural Portfolio spotlights projects representing today’s most effective learning environments.

Highlands College is a biblical higher education institution that exists to train and empower leaders to fulfill the Great Commission. The college was able to purchase a 62-plus-acre former corporate headquarters in a prime Birmingham suburb. The project included a new glass curtainwall addition and a comprehensive renovation of a three-story facility to create a 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. This includes large expanses of glass to “share God’s light” and to provide unobstructed views of the outdoors, and natural materials such as wood and concrete to create a tactile, grounded, and organic foundation. The use of strong graphics, vivid colors, and patterns in textiles and furniture invigorate areas and reinforce the Highlands College brand, creating a vibrant and welcoming college atmosphere.

A jury of American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education members and education administrators evaluated submissions from architectural firms, schools, and universities across the country. Ninety-four projects were chosen for publication in AS&U, an educational facilities, purchasing and business administration magazine reaching 57,000 facility planners, school and university administrators, and architects with this issue. This is the competition’s 40th year.

As a guide for their evaluations of the designs, the jurors paid special attention to these criteria: welcoming; beauty that inspires joy; seamless integration of indoors and out; promotes collaboration, community, and active learning; exhibits innovation throughout; sustainability; budget-conscious; health and safety; and high-quality construction.

Release Contributor: Heather Buzzard, Award Program Manager, American School & University – Endeavor Business Media

Founded in 1928, American School & University is devoted exclusively to education facilities/business administration. The authority for information about the educational facilities market, AS&U delivers an insightful combination of exclusive reports, special focuses, and how-to articles. For more information, please visit ASUmag.com and SchoolDesigns.com.

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