Pfeiffer University Center for Health Sciences

Albemarle, North Carolina


Pfeiffer University


41,100 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


Design Team
Shannon Rydell, Adam Caruthers, Ken Shappley, Carolos Nieves, Eddie Voyzey; Matt Schronce; Eddie Chang; Dan Wray

The new Center for Health Sciences on Pfeiffer University’s satellite campus in Albemarle, N.C., prepares future health care workers and instills in them a passion for providing health care for rural communities. Designed using a collaborative and integrative process, the state-of-the-art center accommodates the university’s expanded Master of Physician Assistant Studies and Master of Occupational Therapy programs. The four-story building contains classrooms, offices, a simulated hospital (ICU, surgical suite and an ER trauma bay), a cadaver lab and an outpatient health clinic. With support from grants and a property exchange, the center has also breathed new life into the quiet city of 16,000, kickstarting a long-sought revitalization. Known locally as the “Pfeiffer Effect,” the center’s success has led to economic and social growth and celebrates the community’s rich history. Both Pfeiffer University and the city of Albemarle are looking ahead to bring more education programs, restaurants, entertainment, retail businesses and housing to the downtown area.

Additional Information

Associated Firm

Chambers Engineering, Stokes Construction

Cost per Sq Ft


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Healthcare Facilities/Teaching Hospitals

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