Western University of Health Sciences
Colleges of Medicine and Research Laboratory
Square Footage: 180,000
The new Health Sciences Center at Western University of Health Sciences serves as the flagship facility for a thirty year old medical education institution that offers an integrated and holistic approach to human wellness. The university needed this building to meet the increased demand for post-graduate medical education and to support biomedical research as they develop research-based Masters and PhD programs. The building is designed to foster high levels of interaction among faculty and graduate students, and between academic disciplines, through the use of shared teaching and research facilities and overlapping curricula.
Three new colleges are housed in the new building: the College of Dentistry, College of Optometry and College of Podiatry. A third existing program, the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, has relocated to the new facilities. A biomedical research program rounds out the new building. Western’s new curricula will conflate the teaching of all disciplines to provide an integrated and comprehensive professional education, unique in the nation.
In addition to traditional auditoria and classrooms, the new structure contains a variety of learning environments including breakout and collaboration spaces for team interaction, teaching labs, study spaces and administrative and faculty offices. A multi-use entry and public hall provide a significant gathering space for university social functions and are positioned to welcome visitors and promote the missions and accomplishments of the individual colleges. A new clinical practice facility, to be constructed immediately adjacent to the Health Sciences Center, will provide students of all disciplines with the opportunity for real-world application of their medical skills.
The new Health Sciences Center culminates the vision of the leadership of Western University of Health Sciences. This project – by its very nature and scope – will help transform the university and position it for its next thirty years.