Highlands College Student Housing

As part of its unique approach to Bible-based higher education, Highlands College hired TURNERBATSON to design a new student housing facility for its Grandview campus. The student housing will play an integral role in shaping the college experience for its students, who prior to now, have been housed in apartments throughout the area.

The five-story structure will sit at the highest point of the Grandview campus in place of an existing HealthSouth helipad. The 68,000 square foot design will provide 250 beds during the initial phase. In the future, a twin building housing another 250 students will be constructed. The top four levels will feature dorm rooms with private bathrooms located within “neighborhood” wings. Each wing will be divided by a common social space encouraging students to relax, converse, or spend time in group or individual Bible studies.

The ground floor will contain student housing as well as a commons area, grab-and-go café, exterior covered porch with lounge seating, a resident manager’s apartment, laundry housekeeping room, and electrical/mechanical rooms. Each floor provides a lobby, security point, and elevator.

The intent of the building is to provide students with an atmosphere that builds relationships. Students will be able to enjoy student activity areas for recreation and events, expansive views of the city of Birmingham, and the main campus green encouraging outdoor walkability. Construction completion and occupancy is planned for June of 2021.

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