Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, New Facility

Concord, North Carolina

  • FIRM

    Wright McGraw Beyer Architects

  • CLIENT

    NorthEast Medical Center (Cabarrus College of Health Sciences)

  • AREA

    69,806 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $8,287,665.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    12/2003

In 1995, the Cabarrus College of Health Sciences was moved from the main campus of NorthEast Medical Center in Concord, N.C. With increasing enrollment, it needed to relocate back to the medical center campus.

The main lobby serves as a gathering and orientation point for visitors, as well as a link to the student pavilion, vertical circulation and student ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$118.72FEATURED IN2004 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized services. Lobby features include an interactive plasma touchscreen, which displays information about upcoming events, community activities, campus life and admission criteria.

A visual history of the graduating classes since 1942 and an honor wall that displays building campaign contributors are focal points of the space. The first floor has a serpentine curve that begins in the main lobby as a reception desk, leads visitors through the student commons, and ends in the outdoor courtyard. The courtyard is organized around a kiosk made from brick salvaged from the original building housing The Louise Harkey School of Nursing. The remainder of the first floor houses a childcare center.

The second floor houses academic affairs, the administrative suite, seven general-use classrooms and a raised-floor auditorium with multimedia presentation capabilities.

Laboratories and faculty offices are on the third floor. Labs include two science labs, two computer labs, a surgical-technology lab, a nursing-skills lab, an occupational-therapy lab with separate media lab, a medical-assisting lab, an assisted-daily-living lab and a computer center.