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:

  • INTENTIONALITY AND FUNCTIONALITY. Spaces will be designed and built to facilitate active and immersive learning and innovation, including new technologies reflecting the latest in proven ministry tools. Design and construction will enable the activities and functions that will occur in these spaces and distinguish Highlands College from other institutions.
  • COMMUNITY. Well-designed and constructed buildings provide a sense of place. At Highlands College, we desire that all who enter our campus feel a strong sense of a Spirit-driven community—a family of like-spirited Christians learning, studying, working, communing, and worshipping together to further the glory of God. We want the immersive, collaborative, and relational elements to shine through in our design, and more importantly, in the use of our facilities. We want our many and diverse constituents to feel at home at Highlands College.
  • INSPIRATION. We understand Highlands College is part of a bigger design that God has for his followers. Our plan should be realistic, but allow for a vision bigger than we can currently imagine. Accordingly, our campus should stimulate creativity, engagement, and spiritual growth that inspires others to be part of something extraordinary and God-sized.

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:

  • PROJECT SCOPING AND ESTIMATION – Estimating timing, costs, and specifications, including factoring in future building maintenance needs and associated costs.
  • PROJECT ORGANIZATION – Assigning and organizing human resources, including describing accountabilities and clearly delineating oversight and final decision-making authority.
  • PROJECT PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT – Identifying tasks, timing, critical path, ownership, resources, and milestones—probably incorporated into a Gantt chart, using a specialized project management application. Once established, our plan will be dynamically managed. We will build contingency into the schedule to account for uncertainties and unforeseeable events. We must also develop and/or acquire required zoning expertise and ensure zoning requirements are reflected in our planning.
  • BUDGETING AND COST CONTROL – Developing a detailed budget and cost control measures and protocols. Tracking will be continuous. We will build some contingency into the budget and use a specialized budgeting application.
  • CHANGE ORDER MANAGEMENT – Creating a process for making project changes. Our objective is to minimize scope creep and stay on schedule and within budget.
  • STRATEGIC SOURCING – Procuring project materials and services through a disciplined and comprehensive request-for-proposal process.
  • CONTRACT MANAGEMENT – Managing contracts to ensure that provisions are followed, and if not followed, contract provisions for non-performance are executed.
  • QUALITY ASSURANCE  – Setting quality standards and measurement protocols during planning. Inspecting and testing once the project is underway.
  • ISSUE MANAGEMENT – Establishing a mechanism for prioritizing and escalating issues.
  • PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT- Establishing metrics/milestones with targets and associated monitoring and reporting systems.
  • RISK MANAGEMENT – Identifying and quantifying (i.e., impact and probability) major project risks and establishing actions to militate against the identified risks or mitigate risks should they become manifest.
  • COMMUNICATIONS PLAN – Identifying stakeholders and their communications needs/requirements (i.e., type of information, periodicity, medium). We will publish a communication plan. Additionally, we will provide frequent project status reports.