University of North Dakota, School of Medicine + Health Sciences

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Project Info
University of North Dakota, School of Medicine + Health Sciences
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Completion: 2016
Square Footage: 320,000

This new 4-story, stand-alone building is programmed to co-locate the University of North Dakota’s health sciences and medical education programs in a facility that enriches the student learning environments, encourages gathering, and facilitates collaboration balancing education, research, and service.

The new facility program seeks to balance support and enhance the tripartite mission of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS): education, research, and service. The high level design creates memorable moments leaving lasting impressions on those experiencing the space for the best recruitment of both faculty, staff, and students.

Sited at the Northeast corner of campus, the new building defines the new public entry to campus and links the building and site to the surrounding community. The building shape, expression, and glazing locations are designed to maximize daylighting access with light wells strategically placed to allow light to enter the space from above in both public walkways as well as educational environments, research areas, office spaces, and labs.

Organized along a north-south main street circulation path lined with classrooms and other public functions, learning communities anchor each end of the main street and program areas extend to the east and west. These communities focus on interdisciplinary collaboration among programs and create space for socializing, dining, private meetings, and flexible group work.

Perkins+Will was the lead designer working with JLG Architects as lead architect and Steinberg Architects as medical education designer.