Bandsaw Building

Birmingham AL | Completed 

2022

Exterior drawing of the Bandsaw Building in Birmingham, AL. #

View from northwest courtyard.

Image Credit
David Baker Architects
Home to our southeast flagship office, the Bandsaw Building is the adaptive reuse of a mid-century masonry building into a collaborative office space and incubator for local businesses.

We undertook the reinvention of this disused historic building in partnership with Locke General Contractors and now work side-by-side in the main office space. The original 1951 structure, once known as the Birmingham Poultry and Egg Co. Building, is a contributing presence in the Central City neighborhood’s downtown historic district.

This state-of-the-art renovation retains the historic character while upgrading to new plumbing, air conditioning, and electrical infrastructure. The historic brick facade is preserved and punctuated with contemporary storefront windows to let in plenty of natural light and look out over an upgraded sidewalk improved with lush plantings, street trees, and bicycle racks.

The 6,600-sf building offers a shared 2,400 sf courtyard that welcomes patrons of the small businesses lining the street edge. The building is named for the rusted bandsaw that remains as a sculptural centerpiece of the courtyard.

In the spirit of an incubator space, DBA included generous Tenant Improvement packages and design visioning with the retail leases, and helped local businesses June Coffee, Zephyr Barber, and Last Call Bakery all create their first brick-and-mortar locations.