Published on December 12, 2018 by Sarah Cain  
UB Mag Feature Arts Loft

Samford Art Lofts were recently highlighted in University Business Magazine, a renowned national publication covering leaders in higher education.

The article, titled “Inside Look: Repurposed buildings for higher ed,” pictured the Art Lofts as an example of “adaptive reuse,” a construction approach that retrofits older facilities for new purposes.

University Business Magazine Associate Editor Steven Blackburn noted the Art Lofts’ minimal waste efforts by retaining original building materials and sourcing of fallen campus oaks.

The new Art Lofts were first opened 2015 after the art department moved from its previous facilities in Swearingen Hall. The extensive project, designed by Davis Architects and built by HOAR Construction, included converting a maintenance shed into an open concept and openings in the external walls for natural light.

University Business Magazine has a reach of more than 75,000 and subscription readership of more than 40,000.

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.