The Battery

An adaptive reuse of former BEBCO (Birmingham Electric Battery Company) buildings

The Battery is an adaptive reuse of a collection of attached BEBCO (Birmingham Electric Battery Company) buildings previously used for automotive repairs and servicing located at 2nd Avenue South and 22nd Street.

Taking advantage of the timber-framed structural bones and thick load-bearing masonry walls, this building has been transformed into an energetic entertainment node in the city.


The project included transforming the original structure into a newly defined building envelope, the development of multiple tenant spaces within the newly defined shell, and removing less valuable structures for an on-site parking lot.

The existing buildings and structural frames were rehabilitated to extend their service life well into the future. Replacement storefront windows were designed to maximize daylight while honoring the utilitarian history of the buildings.

A bright yellow staircase and coordinating tenant entry doors were provided to contrast with the new exterior building finishes.

The heart and soul of this redevelopment is a sheltered courtyard with timber framed structure and rehabilitated warehouse windows along the alley side of the courtyard.