Blueprint Building

Birmingham AL | Completed 

2018

Exterior view of the Blueprint Building in Birmingham, AL. #

View from 3rd Avenue South.

Image Credit
Chris Luker
This adaptive reuse design restores the historic Blueprint Building, a disused mid-century masonry structure that originally housed a printing company and production space in downtown Birmingham.

The 11,000-sf building gained new life with a core-and-shell overhaul to create contemporary and engaging spaces for a new restaurant and office tenants. In the industrial and transitioning Lakeview neighborhood, the Blueprint Building is part of Pepper Place—a now-vibrant zone of once-abandoned warehouses that has been undergoing imaginative, community-oriented upgrades since 1988—and is part of a of a larger urban story of revitalization.

The structural upgrade includes a sunny courtyard, industrial porches, and new openings that extend and activate a pedestrian alley connecting west into Pepper Place. Ganged and boxed windows create a dynamic visual cut through the simple brick building, providing light and views to new offices and preserving the strong horizontal lines of the structure without the cost and complexities of adding storefront.

The building is organized into two volumes: the new restaurant space on the west and offices to the east. Both tenants enjoy the new courtyard and a connection to the extended pedestrian passageway linking the building to Pepper Place. The restaurant, Blueprint on 3rd, was designed by local architect Tom Hsu.

Lush plantings, street trees, and a new bus-stop bench add shade and buffer the sidewalk from the speedy traffic on 3rd Avenue South.


Recognition


Awards
Honorable Mention
AIA Alabama Design Awards
Honor Award
AIA Birmingham

Team


Architect of Record
David Baker Architects
Developer
Sloss Real Estate
Landscape Architect
Macknally Land Design
Structural Engineer
Tucker-Jones Engineers Associated
Contractor
Murray Building Company
Civil Engineer
Goodwin Mills Cawood

Project Details


Project Number
21714

Address

3000 3rd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL
United States



Status
Completed
2018

Density Ratios
Project
11,452 sf
Site
13,553 sf

Parking
Parking Spots
12
Bicycle Parking
6

Construction
IIIB
1 Story

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