Hord Coplan Macht has designed the new 55,000 sf academic building for nursing and allied health education. The project includes laboratories for nursing, credit and non-credit courses in allied health including EMT training, nurse assisting, nurse refresher, obstetrics and pediatrics. A simulation center, active-learning classrooms, lecture halls, offices and a conference center are also provided. A wide variety of informal learning spaces for collaborative group study are distributed throughout the atrium and adjacent to labs. A new vehicular and pedestrian movement master plan for the campus was done in conjunction with this design.
The building had to integrate distinct academic programs, Nursing and Allied Health, into a synergistic, collaborative, interdisciplinary environment. The building had a campus role as the first contemporary participant on what will become a new campus quad.
To punctuate the concept of synergy the building is two bars with a collaborative, common space in the center. The two programs maintain identity on distinct floors but share a floor of classrooms and informal learning between. Floor openings in the common space help to integrate. Various learning spaces outside of the classrooms included enclosed group study rooms, customizable soft seating, open tiered atrium seating, and even a small amphitheater in the quad, all enabled with technology. Latest trends in technology, audio visual and security combine to allow students to customize their learning, practice time, recording and viewing of their simulation sessions and use of the building.
A health inspiring environment was pivotal as an example to medical education students. Maximizing daylight at every opportunity, even in labs where windows compete with hospital bed head walls, windows were provided. The interior is light, open, transparent and encourages use of stairs. A living wall was designed as an accent to wellness. High efficiency HVAC, material of recycled content, stormwater cleaned in rain gardens highlight sustainable features producing a building eligible for LEED Silver certification.