We are pleased to announce the grand opening of the University of Alabama at Birmingham – Cancer Center (Wallace Tumor Institute and New Cancer Center). This Friday a project several years in the making celebrates its official opening and our own George Marsh will speak during Friday’s event. The project has two hearts; a new atrium illuminating the renovated research labs above and the new cyclotron below. The Cancer Center’s goal is to create an identifiable new front door and image to the community with newly renovated space for consolidated programs in the six-story Wallace Tumor Institute, to create a synergy for the cancer faculty and their research between the inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. The design met the three requests made by the director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Ed Partridge at the outset, “1) A front door. The building didn’t have one. 2) Lots of light. 3) A design that fosters collaboration between scientists,” quoted in an article this week from AL.com.
The two-story lobby opens to a new glass façade at street level and brings visitors up an open staircase to the Level 2 connections to the hospitals. The open experience continues vertically as an atrium surrounded by offices and break areas on the upper floors, providing a much needed sense of place, with laboratories on the perimeter. “Sneak peek of $50 million renovation of UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center’s hub,” published by AL.com offers further insights from Dr. Partridge and details about the project’s impact within the community.
Cyclotron Installed at UAB Cancer Center