2018A91 405 PreThe UAB Collat School of Business’s new state-of-the-art building on University Boulevard recently took national honors from the Associated Builders and Contractors. During an banquet ceremony in Long Beach, California, the $37.5-million facility and its general contractor, Brasfield & Gorrie, were honored for excellence in construction.

The 108,000-square-foot building, which opened in August 2018, was designed with input from students and community business leaders so that every detail enhances the learning experience while preparing students to work in modern business environments. The facility features breakout rooms, an innovation lab, classrooms designed for team-based learning, a high-tech finance lab, sales role-playing rooms, a three-story atrium, an auditorium, a career center and quiet study spaces.

The ABC awards are a premier competition within the construction industry to recognize the very best construction projects in the United States annually. It uniquely acknowledges a project’s entire construction team – the contractor, the designer and owner. This year marked the 29th anniversary of the annual awards program which recognizes the outstanding projects of the year.

The UAB Collat School of Business won a second-place Pyramid award, one of only six winners from Alabama. The new CSB building was honored earlier this year in ABC's Alabama Chapter awards, winning in the Institutional $25 million - $50 million category.