Mary Baldwin College, Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences

Fisherville, Virginia


Kahler Slater


Mary Baldwin College


54,000 sq.ft.

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Completion Date


Associated firms:
Graef (MEP and Structural Engineer), Balzer & Associates (Civil Engineer), Kjellstrom + Lee (General Contractor)

Mary Baldwin College, a private undergraduate liberal arts college in Staunton Virginia, had a unique opportunity to start a health sciences program that offers degrees in physical therapy, occupational therapy and nursing. The program is situated in a state-of-the art building on a new satellite campus. The program includes classrooms, skills labs, a gross anatomy laboratory, dedicated therapy labs, simulation rooms, and faculty and administrative offices. Creative programming strategies integrate best practices and the latest trends in health science education. To encourage interdisciplinary interaction, the design provides student collaboration spaces inside and outside the classroom.
Goals for the new building included having the design reflect the historic campus, while establishing a new future for the college. The team identified interior drivers: maximizing light and views; using a mix of materials to create warm inviting spaces; and generating a “wow” factor within the interiors.
The resulting design embraces, but reinterprets the historic campus’ painted yellow buildings and traditional elements by using a yellow-toned brick and a metal hipped roof. The building takes advantage of the rolling site and surrounding mountains. The architecture, interior design, palates and furnishings were coordinated to engage the extraordinary landscape. A two-story entrance gives way to a dramatic three-story glass student collaboration space. The massing of this space created opportunities for open bridges, break-out balconies, and an open grand stair. Warm exterior stone was repeated and paired with vibrant colors in student social spaces and continues into the classroom wing.

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Featured in

2016 Educational Interiors Showcase

Interior category

Healthcare Facilities/Teaching Hospitals

Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Shaw
Carpet by J&J Commercial Carpet
Carpet by Masland
Ceilings by Armstrong World Industries
Brick/Masonry by Jerusalem Stone Collection Inc.
Door Hardware by Sargent
Ceramic Tile by Provenza Floors
Doors by Eggers
Elevators by ThyssenKrupp Access
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Physical-Education Flooring by Johnsonite
Brick/Masonry by Acme Brick
Insulation by Dow
Roofing by Carlisle SynTec
Windows by YKK
Lighting & Accessories by Cooper Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Artemide
Lighting & Accessories by Halo Floors
Lighting & Accessories by Neoray
Emergency Lighting by Cooper Lighting
Cafeteria Furniture by KI
Classroom Furniture by KI
Classroom Furniture by Steelcase
Lounge Furniture by EKO Contract
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by National Office Furniture
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Steelcase
HVAC Units by Trane
HVAC Units by Marley
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Steelcase
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Claridge
Benches/Site Furnishings by Landscape Forms
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