Beyond the Build

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New Urban Amenity

This spring, we completed another adaptive reuse redevelopment, this one including a “pocket park” and amphitheater.

Pocket Parks are generally recognized as public park spaces that occupy less than one acre of land. The concept originated in post-WWII Europe as a way to rebuild public spaces a little at a time, even though they were short on labor and raw materials. It seems to have grown now to fill gaps in neighborhoods where there is no available park space.

This particular project includes a 28-foot sculpture called “Alchemy,” commissioned by our customer for enriching the business community in the surrounding Innovation and Switch Districts of the City. It’s meant to celebrate Hi-Tech/It and Medical Technologies while also honoring the steel-making industry that preceded them. The surrounding outdoor space is functional, sure to become a vibrant part of that business neighborhood.




Merrill Stewart Jr.

Merrill Stewart is Founder and CEO of The Stewart/Perry Company, a commercial building contractor based in Birmingham.