Hofstra University, Hofstra North Shore Long Island Jewish School of Medicine

Hempstead, New York

Hofstra University partnered with the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System to establish a new medical school on Hofstra’s Hempstead, N.Y., campus. The architects designed a two-floor interim medical college building in a former training facility for the New York Jets.

Hofstra desired a 21st-century ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMPayette AssociatesFEATURED IN2011 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior RenovationSUB CATEGORYRenovation that emphasized collaborative education. The building features wireless Internet throughout. The second-floor medical library’s collection is hosted almost entirely in digital-only format. Classrooms include whiteboard painted walls and flexible furniture that reconfigures easily to enable students to work in groups. The first-floor cafeteria doubles as a 24-hour open study lounge, as the connecting servery can be secured independently. A fully equipped anatomy lab and 109-person lecture hall are provided on the first and second floors.

Hostra sought a warmer, more contemporary design than that of a traditional academic space. Cherry wood and wood vinyl flooring are featured, and transparent glass panels up to 8 feet wide are installed adjacent to classroom doors to admit light into the building.