East Central College’s new two-story Nursing, Health and Science Building is the first new building to be constructed on campus in nine years. For this important project, the architect met the goal of placing all of the college’s science and allied-health programs—including classrooms, laboratories, offices and support space—into COST PER SQ FT$246.71FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio facility.
The building includes six classrooms of various sizes, four academic computer labs, an 80-seat lecture hall, offices with adjacent research facilities, and a conference room with kitchenette. The first floor has separate facilities for the nursing and EMT/paramedic programs, including labs for clinical nursing and nursing simulation. Access to the 640-square-foot ambulance garage bay is through the EMT/paramedic lab.
Science laboratories on the second level are dedicated to general chemistry, organic chemistry, genetics/microbiology, ecology/botany and anatomy/physiology, with accompanying prep rooms, instrument rooms and other required support spaces.
The exterior utilizes light-colored brick and precast concrete panels with a low-slope roof similar to the existing buildings on campus. Large windows and glass brick provide maximum natural light in the interior.