University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education
Square Footage: 30,000
Institutional Project Design Forum, 2007
IIDA, Florida Chapter
Merit Award for Interior Design, 2007
AIA, Miami Chapter
The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education (GCRME) was established in 1966 as a unique laboratory known for its innovative educational programs in patient simulation, interactive multimedia computer learning and emergency medical skills training. Perkins+Will was retained to design their new facility on the ground and second floors of the Clinical Research Building. The space consists of 30,000 square feet of highly sophisticated and technically advanced systems in medical education. Spaces inclusive of their program are an 80 seat teaching auditorium, a simulated emergency room, an emergency skills testing area (EMST), a trauma room for simulation of fire rescue and patient transport, and numerous classrooms for emergency medical skills training.
Perkins+Will worked closely with staff members to design a space that became the signature backdrop for GCRME’s mission “to serve as a laboratory for research and development in the application of advanced technology to medical education”. Most spaces were centered on “Harvey”, the Cardiology Patient Simulator. This is a full size manikin manufactured by GCRME that simulates nearly any cardiac disease at the touch of a button by varying blood pressure, breathing, pulses, heart sounds and murmurs.
The lighting selections and controls are major components in the design of the facility, as well as the capability for long distance learning. Perkins+Will worked closely with an audio/visual and acoustical consultant in the design of the main auditorium space where medical education programs take place.