Supporting Our Goals

Supporting Our Goals

The College of Arts and Sciences takes seriously its role to be an agent of growth and change in the State of Alabama. Our mission, along with our partners across UAB, is to ensure the health, prosperity, and quality of life of our students and fellow citizens.

As UAB enrollments have grown and many College departments have faced significant challenges in finding space to educate and train our undergraduate and graduate students, it's become imperative that we build a facility that can support our goals to attract faculty, increase grant funding, and train the next generation of health professionals.

Innovation Starts Here

Innovation Starts Here

The new UAB Science and Engineering Complex will be home to the basic sciences—the fundamental building blocks of all scientific research and education. It's no overstatement that the foundations of the world's economy—beginning today and extending into the next generation—have the basic sciences at their core.

This building represents a significant investment not only in our students' future and the future of this university, but in the future world-changing research that will define our technology, communication platforms, food and water sources, geopolitics, healthcare, the global economy, and the sustainability of our planet.

Design and Location

Design and Location

Placing our leading scientists in the same facility will ensure more opportunities for interdisciplinary research that will bolster economic development here in Alabama and across the globe.

Architects: Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood
Lab and Research Spaces Consultant: Lord Aeck Sargent (LAS)

The new complex will replace the current Education Building located on 14th Street South between University Boulevard and 10th Avenue South.

Unique Features

Unique Features

  • Multiple collaboration rooms
  • A team learning environment—one of UAB's instructional pillars
  • Project-based research
  • Research labs that allow for student shadowing


  • Steven N. Austad, Ph.D., Department of Biology Distinguished Professor and Chair
  • Richard Dluhy, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry Professor and Chair
  • Ilias Perakis, Ph.D., Department of Physics Professor and Chair
  • The 21st century's signature events will be climate change and the unprecedented growth and aging of the global population. Our current strengths are three-fold: 1) food security, 2) the biology of aging, 3) understanding the environmental consequences of climate change. We anticipate building on these strengths thanks to the facilities upgrades provided by the Science and Engineering Complex.

    — Steven N. Austad
    Department of Biology Distinguished Professor and Chair

  • Chemistry connects the basic sciences with all of the applied sciences, including medicine and engineering. The foundation of the world's economy—including advanced materials, energy, nanomaterials, medicines, sensors, biotechnology, and genomics—all have chemistry at their core. We excel at advancing these scientific frontiers.

    — Richard Dluhy
    Department of Chemistry Professor and Chair

  • UAB Physics is pushing national Grand Challenge initiatives in 1) modeling and simulation, 2) advanced materials, 3) advanced photonics and lasers, and 4) technology-enabled education that supports statewide workforce development and economic growth. The new building will foster a multidisciplinary environment that combines research with personalized education.

    — Ilias Perakis
    Department of Physics Professor and Chair