Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Buies Creek, North Carolina

  • FIRM



    Campbell University

  • AREA

    96,500 sq.ft.





The 96,500-square-foot School of Osteopathic Medicine at Campbell University is the first of several buildings that will create Campbell's new medical learning community. The university's master plan calls for the completion of buildings for a school of nursing, public health, physical therapy and research in the near future. Designers addressed this challenge by ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$234.20FEATURED IN2014 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYHealthcare Facilities/Teaching Hospitals outdoor seating, green scape and courtyard areas that will become interwoven over time.

The School of Osteopathic medicine boasts one of the top simulation centers in the region. Located on the second floor are six simulation lab rooms that mimic an emergency room, an operating room, an intensive care unit, a labor and delivery room, and debriefing rooms. A virtual lab hosts surgical simulations and teaches students about equipment used in colonoscopies, esophagogastroduodenoscopies, and bronchoscopies. The building’s top level features a 5,500-square-foot anatomy lab and fresh tissues lab.

To support a team-based problem solving approach, the traditional auditorium style lecture room is designed with multiple tiered platforms that allow students to work in teams of eight. Student groups can face their teammates at the desktop level, fostering a more collaborative problem solving process. There is also an open plan library that allows for group or individual study, while flexible furniture layouts in common corridors and open study spaces provide collaborative work zones throughout the building. State-of-the-art technology allows uninterrupted access to information and creates dynamic learning experiences. Every room – the classrooms, labs, etc. – can be recorded so lectures and labs can be studied and used again and again.

Transparency, a powerful organizing design principal, is symbolic of the connectivity that exists between medical education and the community that lies outside of the building walls. Light spills into every part of the building from public spaces to the typically dark anatomy and simulation laboratories.

In addition, the building draws upon successful design components seen in the heart of Campbell’s main campus, yet retains its own unique identity. In keeping with basic principles of osteopathic medical practice, the campus uses many sustainable design concepts, including north-south solar orientation for daylighting; bioswales; long-lasting, easily maintainable materials; and a high-performance energy system yielding long-term environmental benefits.