Create an unparalleled state-of-the-art residential campus—emphasizing innovation, technology, active immersive learning, and collaborative environments—that stimulates creativity, engagement, and spiritual growth.
Highlands College’s Grandview campus provides almost limitless opportunities for Highlands College to reflect and support its vision through creating amazing state-of-the-art facilities that echo the major thrusts and themes of our Strategic Plan. In the summer of 2020, we began the transformation of the Grandview campus to a residential, immersive, holistic, relational, Spirit-driven community where students can learn, study, work, socialize, live, and worship together. Phase 1 of construction will be completed in Spring 2022. The Phase 1 construction and building of two residence halls are estimated at $100M.
When fully completed, the Grandview campus will accommodate 1,000 students and will include a student center; learning studios and dedicated/customized practicum spaces; plentiful common/collaborative spaces; dining facilities and a café; a library; a campus green and plaza; a worship sanctuary; fitness facilities and recreation areas; and residence halls to accommodate 500+ students. The 80-acre campus, nearby undeveloped parcels, and unbuilt spaces in existing buildings, provide room for achieving our current vision and yet-to-be-imagined future possibilities. Located along Highway 280 and nestled in one of Birmingham’s most sought after suburbs, the Grandview campus is ideally situated to allow students convenient access to shopping, dining, and the many wonderful amenities of the greater Birmingham metro area.
Envisioning, designing, and constructing the master plan for an 80-acre campus to accommodate 1,000 students is a huge and complex undertaking. The project will require 5+ years and occur in multiple phases. We are committed to creating a future-leaning, intentional, community-friendly, and ultimately inspiring campus, while being effective and efficient in our execution.
Four Design/Building Priorities have been identified for Highlands College’s campus:
The design of the campus has been driven by a desire for community. From the vibrant green space to the generous meeting areas inside, every inch of the facility has been designed to bring people together.
The learning spaces inside have been intentionally shaped by the innovative training that will happen inside. The learning studio for the Worship Leadership practicum contains space to watch and create dynamic worship environments as well as spaces for groups of varying size to practice and hone their skills.
Successful Project Management of the campus build-out depends on assigning managers with relevant experience and expertise, establishing rigorous processes, and leveraging the right tools. Following are the key elements of Grandview project management: