Marcella Niehoff Center
Designed to foster collaborative learning among nursing and medical school students, the building houses a learning commons and quiet study area, as well as a cafe, classrooms, lecture hall, faculty offices, and simulation labs for mock medical and nursing procedures.
Sustainable building features includes radiant heating and cooling, as well as natural ventilation that will incorporate solar chimneys to preheat building supply air and generate currents of fresh air throughout the interior spaces. The building maximizes natural lighting through the placement of external shades on south-facing walls to mitigate direct sunlight and heat, a solid, precast core wall on the west side, and clear glass on the north side of the building. The project is seeking LEED Gold Certification.