Western University, Medical Education Building at Schulich
Square Footage: 32,000
The Department of Family Medicine and Masters in Public Health Program facility is the first building on the new Westminster Campus of Western University. In the development of the Functional Program, it was identified there was a need for flexible space, adaptable to large conferences and workshops based upon Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) type breakouts. This was in addition to conventional teaching facilities (5 floor classrooms, seminar rooms and case-style classrooms), administrative spaces, research space (dry lab space and clinical trial areas), and informal study space.
The outreach program of the Family Medicine department and ongoing educational activities are made possible by creating adaptable spaces with a building organization which assist these goals: exam rooms in the clinical trials area of the building are sized to accommodate OSCE’s type activities; large, flat-floor areas support workshop events. Both areas are located close to public arteries in the building and either on the ground floor, or readily accessible from the ground floor. Seminar/meeting rooms throughout the facility support smaller groups and study sessions, both in-person and via teleconference.
A case-study style, tiered classroom on the 4th floor is designed to create dynamic interaction between presenters and students, as well as team sessions within the classroom. A variety of lounge areas adjacent to the main corridors also supports breakout type functions and informal study sessions, and stimulates the kind of unplanned, casual interaction that is vital for research and teaching facilities.