Things already are topsy-turvy in the new space at UAB called The Edge of Chaos.
The fourth floor of the Lister Hill Library is in the throes of construction, with drywall dust and workers everywhere. But that doesn't keep Max Michael, the dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, from seeing the potential in his new creation.
Where there are bare floors and loose wires, he envisions a room full of brilliant minds -- UAB faculty and students, business and civic leaders and members of the public -- sharing ideas and coming up with solutions to local and global problems.
"For me, having the opportunity for people to get together to talk, to share ideas, to kind of stand around the water fountain, is really important," Michael said Wednesday after giving a tour to about 35 community members interested in the project.