Boonshoft School of Medicine had a vision and a mission to transform the existing 1981 facility so that it would reflect the institution’s ideals as a college and became an integral part of a growing modern university. The 18,000-square-foot expansion introduces modernity, discretion and compassion into an academic lab setting. The new space features a COST PER SQ FT$108.90FEATURED IN2009 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized entry/lobby; wireless 160-seat tiered lecture room; three gross-anatomy labs; a fully functioning morgue; and faculty, staff and support offices. The exterior image and dramatic entry is a significant feature for the school and campus as it sits at a main gateway to the university.
The extensive 55,000-square-foot renovation includes central student spaces for gathering and studying, new computer classrooms and departmental office space. The design language complements elements found in the new space, including maple wood paneling, striking wood ceiling panels, contrasting ceiling planes and open glass meeting areas.
Space allocations, materials, lighting, textures, colors, patterns, furniture, art and environmental graphics are blended in an intelligent and meaningful way to create a differentiated environment that adds value. Spaces were planned and created to support team-based and independent learning initiatives, day-to-day functions of students and staff, and social collaboration.
Technology plays a key role in promoting advanced teaching and learning. Wireless routing and transfer enable information to flow seamlessly through the facility so that it can be accessed by students or faculty anywhere within the building.