Southern Poverty Law Center,
Montgomery, AL

Redesigning history

This internationally renowned civil rights organization created a landmark headquarters building in its longtime home, Montgomery Alabama. The 150,000 square foot building contains two levels of parking for 100 cars below six floors of office clad in a metal panel and precast concrete façade constructed on a pile foundation system. The unusual and award-winning design is a blend of aesthetic with practical precautions for security. The eight floors of steel frame structure rise out of a hillside in the middle of the city. One wing of the building is suspended from cantilevered roof level steel trusses, creating a column-free area below for an unobstructed view of the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, (the one-time church of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and an historic site of the civil rights movement).

This project earned the Gold Metal from the American Institute of Architects, Philadelphia Chapter, Region Honor Award, American Institute of Architects Gulf States Chapter, Award of Recognition, American Institute of Architects, Philadelphia Chapter, and Honorable Mention, American Institute of Architects, Montgomery, AL Chapter.

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Structural Systems Used

Steel Frame