Downtown Birmingham is happening.
Innovation and businesses are starting up everywhere.
The Switch is our opportunity to focus on one location, give it an identity, cluster like business and truly make The Switch in Birmingham’s economy.
BIRMINGHAM’S INNOVATION DESTINATION
WAYS YOU CAN INVEST IN THE SWITCH
The Switch is primed and ready for redevelopment. Buildings throughout the area are in different states and offer an interesting mix of industrial architecture, ages and adaptability. Some companies such as Pack Health, Spire, bDot Architecture and Redemptive Cycles have already found a home in The Switch.
On the drawing boards is the first mixed use project in The Switch since Innovation Depot.
The former Sticks and Stuff Building at 1531 3rd Avenue North is being rethought by an team of real estate and design professionals, including Capstone Real Estate Investments, LLC and Williams Blackstock Architects.
Rebranded as NEXTEC, once complete, the +/- 40,000 square foot building will become Birmingham’s newest address for innovation and tech-focused businesses.
*Above for conceptual purposes only.
Invest In Space
The Switch is filled with all shapes and sizes of property in all conditions. Help us remake The Switch by investing in a property and redeveloping it into a space for your business or as an investment property for other innovators and entrepreneurs. Or, as new and revitalized properties come online, lease your next office in The Switch.
REV Birmingham is helping to coordinate real estate opportunities and can connect you with the appropriate contacts.
The goal of this website is to connect innovators, entrepreneurs with the resources and information to help them start up and grow their businesses. Finding the right kind of place is tantamount to business success. As a result, we want to add any property and project to the site that helps The Switch continue to develop.
Contact us to discuss your property or project.
ECONOMIC IMPACT – 5 year total
The Home for Startups
Innovation Depot is 140,000 square feet of amazing office, lab, and coworking space – all designed for your startup. As the largest tech startup program in the Southeast, we work everyday to provide unmatched amenities like an onsite game room, gym, rooftop patio, restaurant, and the fastest internet in Birmingham. You’ll work and learn alongside peers building great startups, with access to all the awesome programs, mentors, and resources Innovation Depot offers. In 2020, Innovation Depot is partnering with Viva Health to offer health care benefits to Depot tenants.
The Switch is built upon this foundation.
The Depot’s past successes illustrate our city’s future potential.
COMPANIES INVESTING IN THE SWITCH
Pack Health provides internet-based platforms for coaching individuals who are managing chronic medical conditions. The company was founded at Innovation Depot in 2013 by Will Wright and Mazi Rasulnia. As he company expanded, it grew into numerous office spaces at Innovation Depot. Then, in 2016 Pack Health bought a 7,000 square-foot office building at 3613 6th Avenue South.
In 2018, Pack Health entered into a strategic investment partnership with the Boston-based medical liability insurer Coverys. That same year the company partnered with Alabama Power, the Alabama Department of Commerce, REV Birmingham, the City of Birmingham, Jefferson County Commission and the Birmingham Business Alliance on public incentives for a $2.9 million expansion and return to the downtown area. They joined with the Omega Realty Group to take over the lease on the former Entrepreneurial Center building at 110 12th Street North on the current western boundary of The Switch. Since renamed the “Pack Health Building,” the company has also provided office space for other medical technology start-ups recruited to Birmingham through the efforts of the Alabama Futures Fund.
Momentum is underway. Biso Collective is the latest business to announce its headquarters coming to The Switch. Work is underway to transform a circa 1926 building that originally served as a central vault for Tennessee Coal Iron & Railroad Co. The project, located at 1301 First Avenue North, is between Innovation Depot and Pack Health adding more critical mass to the central corridor running through the center of The Switch. CCR Architecture & Interiors are designing the space (see rendering at left) and Murray Building Co. is the general contractor.
Biso Collective is a venture between area entrepreneur, Dave Gray, and EBSCO Industries. They partner with leadership and teams of software teams to leverage experience as operators and builders, not financial engineers. Our intent is to invest in the long-term success of your company, team, customers and brand. Biso aims to create a platform to grow high-quality, tech-focused jobs in Birmingham for the long term, and that’s a reason it was important to establish their headquarters inside The Switch.
Showcasing three signature programs at its new downtown headquarters, Ed Farm will partner with educators in Alabama to increase educational equity, improve learning outcomes through technology and prepare the future workforce.
“As our society continues to evolve and advance, more and more job opportunities of the future will require digital skills, and helping our communities prepare for that is our priority,” said Chris McCauley, Ed Farm program director. “Our partnerships with Birmingham City Schools and the Birmingham community on the Teacher Fellows, Pathways and Student Fellows programs have already produced successful results, and we are thrilled at this initiative’s potential as it continues to move forward.”
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The Switch is an evolving and ever-changing area of the city. If you have any questions or need any help making, please let us know.