Children’s of Alabama Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children
Birmingham, Alabama
Children’s of Alabama
Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children
Birmingham, Alabama

Hospitals. They don’t have to be terrifying places. If a children’s hospital is designed for a child, a hospital can be a place for recovery, a place for family, a place for elation, all without the often attached stigma that hospitals can carry.

Landmark for Children
Focused on making a significant impact in the lives of children, their families and their communities, this iconic landmark is designed to represent a new standard for pediatric healthcare in Alabama. The largest single medical facility expansion project in the history of Alabama makes Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children (BRHFC) the third-largest pediatric hospital in the United States, by square footage, and ranked in the top 10 pediatric medical centers, based on bed count. Standing out in a crowd of masonry university buildings, the sweeping glass curves and playfully animated sequence of architectural and interior experiences, are child- and family-friendly with clear connections for easy navigation, functional improvements and medical center integration. A good neighbor valuing the well-being of each child, the community and the environment, the design offers an abundance of engaging diversions, natural light and views to the campus and city, with pioneering sustainable stewardship as the largest building project and first hospital in state history to be Gold certified in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).


The Vision

Iconic Campus Building: Tripartite Focus

Standing Out in a Crowd: creating a distinctive place for children and their families, differentiated as a top ranked hospital for children from the monumental masonry of the surrounding university medical center campus.

Making the Right Connections:  enhancing the patient and family experience with easy access and navigation, operational and functional improvements and integration with the surrounding academic medical center campus.

A Good Neighbor:  valuing the well-being of each child, the community and the environment with an abundance of engaging diversions, natural light and views to the surrounding campus and region. Recognized for commitment to sustainability.


The Design

What do you do when you are a major children’s hospital that is the best in Alabama but your facility is lost in a sea of red brick buildings that comprise the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Medical Center campus? That was one of the issues Children’s of Alabama considered when it came time to expand its hospital to meet the pediatric healthcare demands of Birmingham and the state of Alabama.

Design tenets include:

  • Standing out in a crowd
  • Creating a landmark for children
  • Making the right connections
  • Focusing on family centered care
  • Being a good neighbor
  • Creating environmentally friendly and sustainable environments

“We are delighted to open the doors of this magnificent facility to serve the children and families of Alabama. The beauty of the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children, its advanced technology, its environmental aspects and its family-focused design all serve as a wonderful backdrop for the skill, knowledge and commitment of the healthcare professionals who work here to provide care every day. Our team is focused on one mighty mission: to provide the very best healthcare available to every child who walks through our doors. That is the true importance of this expansion.”
|  Mike Warren, President & CEO, Children’s of Alabama   |