Birmingham Medical District

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The Birmingham Medical District is an area on Birmingham's Southside that is home to various medical entities anchored by UAB Medical Center. In 2012, the Birmingham Design Review Committee approved a new way-finding sign program that consists of 35 signs at various spots between 6th Avenue South and Railroad Park.

The signs are installed on street-lamp poles and aid travelers in virtually every direction as they make their way to destinations such as the UAB Medical Center, the VA Medical Center, Cooper Green Mercy Hospital, the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital, Kirklin Clinic, UAB Highlands, the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children or any other major destination in the district.

The way-finding system is part of an ultimate plan to help pull traffic off Interstate 65 and the Elton B. Stephens Expressway directly into the medical district without making University Boulevard the default artery for all things UAB. The UAB Medical Center gets around 5,000 visitors per day and taking that traffic off University Boulevard would aid in reducing congestion.

An additional 16 way-finding signs that are specific to UAB's academic campus have also been installed. Those signs carry the UAB logo at the top to distinguish them from those that guide visitors to Birmingham Medical District destinations.

References

  • Tomberlin, Michael (May 24, 2012) "Can't find your doc? Say 'Ah!' Way-pointing signs to guide medical district visitors" The Birmingham News