Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2000-01-21

Samford University has received a "Building Birmingham Award" from the Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce.

Samford was cited for Excellence in Campus Development in the 1999 awards program which recognizes developers, institutions, local governments and other organizations who make a "special contribution to the Birmingham metropolitan's built environment."

The university was singled out for its pursuit of a consistent architectural style and a larger plan, all within a dramatic setting to produce a campus of notable character. "Maturing shade trees enhance the effect, and recent landscape improvements have created appealing places for students to gather," states the award citation.

Samford's striking 200-acre campus of Georgian-Colonial architecture is frequently recognized by state and national professional groups for its architecture, landscape, and interior design.

Also recognized by the Birmingham Chamber with Building Birmingham Awards were St. Vincent's Hospital, the Clark Building downtown and the town of Springville.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.