Project Type: Retail/Restaurants

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.


Ladybird Taco

Ladybird Taco’s first Birmingham store is now open in Mountain Brook’s Lane Parke development.

Based in Nashville and modeled after the taco scene in Austin, TX, Ladybird Taco is a fast casual restaurant that specializes in breakfast and lunch tacos. Ladybird serves house-made tortillas, queso, salsa, and fresh salads, with full barista service all day.

The interiors are bright and warm, with tables made by Manufacture Good and plants provided by Botanica.


20 Midtown

20 Midtown is a mixed-use development that connects UAB and the City Center with ground-floor retailers such as Starbucks, Chipotle, and Publix, and includes parking, apartments, and amenities above.

The complex includes 436 apartments ranging from micro to three-bedroom units and was completed in two phases.

  • LocationBirmingham, AL
  • Project Type
  • Size 982,500 SF
  • Building 1 36 Units
  • Building 2 75 Units
  • Building 3 325 Units
  • Award 2017 Merit Award, AIA Birmingham

Phase I consists of Building 1 and 2—a combined 111 units—retail space and parking.

The ground floor retail spurs activity on the street while hiding parking behind and above. The apartments and rooftop terrace give a terrific view of the city skyline and Red Mountain.

The design is sleek—using metal panels, zinc, concrete, and stucco to blend the various uses and define the layers of public and private spaces.

Phase II (Building 3) consists of 325 micro to three-bedroom units with retail, restaurants, parking, and amenities.

The interiors are comfortable and modern with high-quality, neutral finishes in the units and bold, bright colors in the public spaces.

With ground floor retail, gathering spaces, a fitness center, and a pool deck, amenities are key to this phase of the development. The amenity deck serves the entire complex and includes the development’s pool, bocce courts, green space, outdoor grilling, and hammocks.


Hi-Wire Brewing

This Asheville-based brewing company opened its first location in Alabama on Lakeview Green‘s ground floor.

Lakeview Green, a mixed-use development in Birmingham’s Lakeview District, includes 118 pet-friendly apartments and a public green space complete with a lazy river and koi pond, fire pits, chess, corn hole, an herb garden, and a pool.

The activity-heavy taproom serves 20 award-winning beers, offers non-alcoholic options, and provides a wide variety of seating options and entertainment. The space is open and vibrant with games including soccer pool, table tennis, foosball, and shuffleboard.

Large windows and garage doors fill the space with natural light and provide views to the city and the brewery’s patio along the development’s green space.


Chick-fil-A North Point Parkway

This custom-built Chick-fil-A brings a convenient, comfortable dining experience to Alpharetta, GA.

The site circulation was thoughtfully designed to accommodate pedestrian, dine-in, and drive thru traffic and to facilitate the streamlined dining experience characteristic of Chick-fil-A stores.

A custom steel monument sign and pedestrian ramp establish a clear, accessible entry to the parking lot. The design features a covered ordering point and a custom porte cochére in the meal delivery area that create an elevated drive-thru experience and protect patrons from inclement weather.

Clerestory windows with sun-shading canopies bring lots of natural light into the dining area, and a trellis patio provides an inviting place for customers to dine outdoors.


Uptown Cantina

Located in the Uptown Entertainment District of downtown Birmingham, Uptown Cantina is a 12,000 SF upscale Mexican restaurant that uses fresh ingredients to create expressive twists on all the traditional favorites.

The restaurant consists of large open spaces with a variety of booths and tables, a private dining area, and two bars.

The space is colorful, casual, and energetic, reflecting their branding and focus on fresh food and fun.

The design features hand-painted murals by Fitz Signs & Murals, neon signs by Magic City Signs, and indoor plants provided by Interiorscapes.

The second floor includes additional restaurant seating; however, it is primarily bar-focused with a patio overlooking Protective Stadium and a large TV screen for events and games. This space is also used to host live music and entertainment.

Serving tacos, tequila, and tunes every day of the week, this space was designed to reflect Uptown Cantina’s brand and its focus on high quality food and fun.


Block 162

This renovation transformed the building’s ground level into retail and restaurant space and created studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom apartments on the upper level.

The main entry stair and hallways feature complementary blue colors to liven the spaces, and the units were designed with neutrals and a variety of textures and patterns. 

The units are fully furnished and available for rent through Landing, a membership-based platform that gives its members access to flexible apartment leases within their growing network.

By exposing and cleaning up the existing interior brick and interior beams, the design showcases the history of the building and its sophisticated, timeless style.



Located in the Lakeview District in Birmingham’s urban core, Pepper Place is a vibrant design & entertainment destination. After years of serving customers via Saturday pop-ups at Pepper Place Market and a small outpost location in Mountain Brook Village, Blueroot needed a space of their own.

The layout of the store makes selecting from their menu of salads, grain bowls and grab-and-go options intuitive and simple.

Bright, bold tile behind the serving line and in the restrooms provide pops of color in Blueroot’s signature blue.

Wire and rattan light fixtures and a collection of plants provided by Botanica, a local nursery, add natural texture and life to the space.

A light-filled area with a large community table and individual tables made by Magic City Woodworks (now Manufacture Good), a local non-profit organization aimed at equipping young men with job skills, provides seating options for dine-in customers.

Large windows face the Dr. Pepper Co. sign, a remnant of Pepper Place’s history as the Dr. Pepper Syrup Plant and Bottling Company.

From the restaurant’s location to their use of local produce and goods, Blueroot’s flagship store was designed to enhance the well-being of its customers and community.


Chick-fil-A North Viera

The design features a series of elements brought together to break down the large scale of the building and reflect the character of the surrounding area. The mixture of materials creates visual interest and differentiates the building’s interior and exterior spaces.

The variety of seating areas and design choices such as lighting fixtures, signage and red dining chairs showcase the Chick-fil-A brand and create a warm, welcoming dining environment.

Large windows provide ample daylight in the dining area and staff meeting room, and an outdoor patio creates space for diners to enjoy meals outdoors.


Milo’s Hamburgers

Crisp whites, pops of red and stainless steel accents create a bright new standard for the Milo’s Hamburger interiors.

The design features white subway tile, new white and red booths, bold red chairs made out of recycled Coca-Cola bottles and a glowing neon sign that will have you singing the Milo’s jingle all day.