Bowie State University, Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics + Nursing
Square Footage: 150,000
Tracking LEED Gold
Bowie State University’s New Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Nursing includes undergraduate teaching laboratories and classrooms for Math, Engineering, Nursing, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical sciences, and blended disciplines. The research lab suite includes a collaborative lab environment for chemistry, biology, and physics, with core labs for microscopy, spectrometry, and an NMR. Classrooms and layered informal learning spaces provide a rich environment for learning and collaboration. A unique “iconic” multipurpose room acts as a visual and functional beacon to express the University’s commitment to STEM and Nursing education.
The Nursing Education suite includes three distinct learning zones; high fidelity clinical simulation, standardized patient-based simulation, and skills and procedural training. Carefully defined adjacencies within each zone help to define flow patterns which support optimal learning and efficiency.
Flexible design of architecture, equipment, and technology maximize utilization and future programmatic needs. The clinical simulation rooms are able to house a diverse range of functionalities. Inpatient rooms, operating rooms, labor and delivery rooms, and trauma rooms can all be interchangeable with the appropriate equipment, which is stored in adjacent support spaces. These rooms, along with the exam rooms and skills labs, are equipped with recording devices which monitor the students' progress and performance. There is a 1:1 ratio of simulation rooms, debrief rooms, and control rooms, which creates a fluid environment where students can practice, reflect, and learn from their educators.
Nursing skills and procedural training prioritize educational strategy. To this end, multi-purpose rooms are open in plan and have multiple uses, including lectures, group learning, and may also be equipped with perimeter beds for a more traditional nursing skills format. Outpatient, clinical-style exam rooms allow students to practice health assessment and a variety of other skills, leveraging the power of the standardized patient and hybrid simulation. Both high-fidelity mannequins as well as actors can be used in all simulations to enhance the perceived reality of the scenario and to create a more immersive educational experience.