Project Type: Public

UAB Hilton Lobby

The renovation of the UAB Hilton lobby and grand staircase created a clean, luxurious space with a professional and collegiate feel.

The lobby is often a university visitor’s first impression of Birmingham and of UAB, so the material palette uses black iron accents and UAB’s green to establish a strong connection to Birmingham—The Iron City—and to the university.

Previously dark and dated, the renovated lobby features high-contrast textures and materials that create four defined zones of use: reception, café, lounge, and waiting.

High-quality furniture, textile selections, and custom wall graphics give each area a comfortable, friendly character.

Seating at the bottom of the renovated grand staircase creates space for hotel guests, visitors, and event attendees to work or relax.

Bright green canopies provide shade on the outdoor deck and reference the UAB brand system.


16th Street Baptist Church Visitor Center

The multipurpose visitor and education center will be located adjacent to the existing parsonage and sanctuary buildings.

The new 13,000 SF building will include meeting rooms, a dining area, a commercial kitchen, and support space to enhance the historic parish’s ability to receive visitors.

The design honors, respects, and complements the historic 16th Street Baptist Church and aims to fill the needs of the Civil Rights District moving forward.

“This new building addition will symbolize the movement from ‘a dark past’ to a new light of hope and vision for the entire community. We are committed to preserving this important legacy and continuing the fight for social justice and equality for all people.” 

Rev. Arthur Price, Jr., pastor of the 16th Street Baptist Church 

Learn more about the 16th Street Baptist Church and the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument.


Northeast YMCA

From the YMCA Youth Center and Hoover YMCA to the Northeast YMCA, we are proud of our work in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Birmingham.

The YMCA of Greater Birmingham is partnering with Habitat for Humanity and Christ Health Center on a transformational project for the Roebuck community. The project will include a renovation of the Northeast YMCA, 22 new single-family homes, and a pediatric health facility.

The renovation of the Northeast YMCA will transform the facility into a true community resource center. When complete, the Northeast YMCA will provide two early learning pre-K classrooms, academic and development programming for youth and teens, activities for seniors, two community gardens, and a multi-purpose sports field.

Single-family homes built by Habitat for Humanity will be built on the land surrounding the Northeast YMCA and create a purpose-built, walkable neighborhood.

Christ Health Center’s world-class pediatric care facility will address health inequities in children from low-to-moderate income households, provide health and wellness education, and provide access to diagnostic equipment, dental care, and pharmacy.

From the YMCA Youth Center and Hoover YMCA to the Northeast YMCA, we are proud of our work in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Birmingham.


Jasper City Hall

The renovation of the historic Sherer Auditorium in downtown Jasper will restore the original 1939 Work Progress Administration (WPA) stone building by removing the overlapping shroud added to the building in 1972.

The project also includes a complete interior renovation, and, once complete, the building will host the new Jasper City Hall.


The Heights Clubhouse

The clubhouse at The Heights, a non-traditional rental community offering luxury single-family homes and townhomes for lease, is a lifestyle-enhancing amenity for the community’s residents.

It houses the leasing office for The Heights and serves as the main gathering space and heart of the community.

The interiors, completed in collaboration with Catori Design House, are light-filled, functional, and a blend of traditional and modern style.

With a fitness center, kitchen, lounge area, and resort-style pool, the clubhouse offers a place for residents to exercise, work, and relax.


Cullman Omniplex Sports and Civic Center

This new 115,000 sf Omniplex Sports and Civic Center is currently under construction. When complete, it will be part of Cullman’s growing Sports and Events District.

The design includes:

  • 10 tournament basketball courts
  • 19 volleyball courts
  • 5 soccer fields
  • 6 indoor pickle ball courts
  • Indoor aquatic center
  • Space for recreational events
  • Catering kitchen
  • Breakout meeting rooms
  • Gymnasium with capacity for 6,500 people (large enough for concerts, expos, conventions, sporting events + more)

Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center

The existing Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center is located on City-owned property and was severely damaged in 2018 due to Hurricane Michael.

The new 30,000 SF facility will include a gymnasium, fitness room, STEAM lab, E-sports room, arts & crafts room, teaching kitchen, a recording studio, and an editing studio.

The City of Panama City hired CCR to provide comprehensive design services for a complete recreation center (buildings and site) in the Glenwood Community.


BJCC Legacy Arena

As part of a team of local architects, CCR worked under Kansas City-based Populous to transform a brutalist building from the 1970s into a clean, modern venue to host regional and national sports competitions, concerts, and events.

The major project components include a new entry plaza, new three-story lobby, and a complete interior renovation.

  • LocationBirmingham, AL
  • Project Type
  • Award 2023 Merit Award, AIA Birmingham

Our team replaced the arena’s original façade with a new three-story glazed lobby addition that faces the Birmingham skyline, fills the lobby with natural light, and invites visitors to the arena through a tree-lined entry plaza.

New stairs, elevators, and escalators in the lobby provide clear wayfinding and an expedited entry and exit process.

The Main Concourse renovation included opening it up to the seating bowl to enhance connectivity and wayfinding, incorporating new lighting and signage, and upgrading the concessions stands and restrooms to modern arena standards.

By creating a break in the original seating bowl, we were able to add two premium seating levels: the Suite Level with 12 private suites and the Club Level above. The Club Level can accommodate larger parties and provide an elevated viewing experience with nearby bar access.

The renovation has improved every step of the visitor experience and attracted a new generation of high-profile performers, sports competitions, and major regional and national events, and supports the upward trajectory of the city of Birmingham.


The Venue at Coosa Landing

The City of Gadsden, Alabama was looking for a replacement for an aging convention hall that could no longer adequately serve the community, so CCR took up the challenge of converting the structure into a 21-century event center fit to host the gamut of riverfront and community events.

The project includes 20,000 square feet of retail space and riverfront parcels for future development. The entry features a special door for vehicles so outdoor riverfront events can be brought directly indoors.

  • LocationGadsden, AL
  • Project Type

The interior of the Venue includes a 7,500 square foot ballroom which can be subdivided into 3 separate meeting rooms, a 15,000 square foot

Support areas include dressing rooms, a green room and a full catering kitchen as well as a concession stand in the main lobby.

The patios and landscaping tie directly into the riverfront parks and marina so festivals and tournaments can seamlessly flow between the indoors and out.


Birmingham Wrestling Complex

The Birmingham Wrestling Complex is comprised of a wrestling arena with spectator viewing areas, a central lobby, gift shop, concession stand, locker rooms and glass-paneled garage doors that establish a connection to the outdoors.

  • LocationVestavia Hills, AL
  • Project Type

The outline of the central wrestling area is replicated throughout various elements of the interior, including toned shapes on the walls and the ring in the ceiling above the Schaatt Wrestling Gym entrance.