Cahaba Center at Grandview

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The Cahaba Center at Grandview (formerly HealthSouth corporate headquarters and Grandview Corporate Park) on U. S. Highway 280 in Birmingham was constructed in 1997 for the then-fast growing outpatient and rehabilitation services company chaired by Richard Scrushy. The $38 million facility occupies 200,000 square feet on a 103-acre site.

HealthSouth corporate headquarters

The architect for the project was Birmingham's CLJ Associates, Inc, though Scrushy himself was actively involved in the design. The headquarters, now known as Grandview Plaza, a 200,000 square-foot Class A office building, originally featured a private elevator for executives, a trophy room for Scrushy's awards and souvenirs, and a company store. Also on the campus is Richard M. Scrushy Conference Center (now the Cahaba Grand Conference Center) with room for meetings and events, a 44,000 square foot distribution center, and the 19-acre tract of land contiguous to the corporate campus that includes the unfinished HealthSouth digital hospital containing almost one million square feet. The 66,000 square foot Riverpoint building was demolished in 2015 as part of the Grandview Medical Center construction.

Cahaba Center at Grandview

The entire campus, with the headquarters, conference center, and unfinished hospital was under contract to be sold to the Dallas-based Trammell Crow Company in June 2007 for $60 million, however, Trammell Crow backed out of the deal weeks later. In January 2008, the complex was sold to the Daniel Corporation for $43.5 million. In March, the Riverpoint building on the campus was sold to Nexity Bank to serve as that bank's headquarters and operations. In September, Trinity Medical Center filed a letter of intent to move from eastern Birmingham to the unfinished hospital.

In June 2009 Daniel released an economic impact study claiming that the proposed medical and office complex at the site (including the hospital, two medical office buildings, two hotels, retail stores, office buildings and parking decks) would cost $750 million in all and would provide 5,500 jobs by 2023 (including those relocated from Trinity's current location). The study projects tax revenues of $143 million for the City of Birmingham over the course of the project, not counting $55 million in tax incentives promised by the city.

After a two-year, hard-fought process, Trinity won approval from the State Certificate of Need Board for the proposed move in September 2010. Though lawsuits were filed in an attempt to block the development, Daniel expected to begin construction in the Spring of 2011 for an opening in September 2012. Construction began in 2013 and was opened in October 2015. Trinity's part of the development includes $280 million to purchase and complete the 13-story hospital and add an attached parking structure. Daniel added two medical office buildings totaling 500,000 square feet, along with a second parking deck, as well as a 250-room full-service hotel, a retail center, and infrastructure. Later construction is set to include a second, smaller hotel and another office building and parking deck.

References

  • Hubbard, Russell & Dawn Kent (June 2, 2007) "Unused hospital, HQ sold." The Birmingham News
  • Kent, Dawn. (January 23, 2008) "Developer Daniel Corp. strikes deal with HealthSouth to buy U.S. 280 campus in Birmingham, Alabama." The Birmingham News
  • Kent, Dawn (March 21, 2008) "Nexity Bank to join new Daniel corporate campus." The Birmingham News
  • Tomberlin, Michael and Anna Velasco (September 30, 2008) "Trinity Medical to buy HealthSouth's abandoned hospital." The Birmingham News
  • West, Ty (March 27, 2009) "Daniel's big deal: Cahaba Center at Grandview makes waves." Birmingham Business Journal
  • Velasco, Anna (June 10, 2009) "Study shows proposed Trinity Medical Center-Daniel development on U.S. 280 would be huge boost to economy." The Birmingham News
  • Tomberlin, Michael (September 19, 2010) "Big plans for Trinity Medical Center's U.S. 280 hospital in Birmingham." The Birmingham News
  • Davis, Bryan (January 15, 2015) "Trinity Medical Center buys Alostar building for $8 million." Birmingham Business Journal

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