Located on the Main campus, the new facility consolidates multiple programs from two satellite campuses, housing the School of Nursing, School of Health Professions, and the College of Arts and Sciences.
Chemistry, nursing, and science labs, designed for flexibility, permit instructors to easily transition between group instruction to one-on-one training and observation. A simulation suite utilizing interactive patient mannequins provides a realistic environment to assess students’ skills, and the 16-station cadaver lab replaces an older off-campus lab with larger, more functional space. Approximately 12,000 square feet of shelled space can accommodate future growth.
To promote wellness and be connected to its environment, natural light is brought into the facility and its core with a three-story central atrium and expansive windows overlooking the adjacent veranda and plazas. The atrium functions as the heart of the space, with built-in seating clusters for student interaction and study. The adjacent rotunda, mimicking other round elements on campus, provides multi-use space for quiet study and reflection.
Our vision is to be nationally recognized for forward-thinking programs that produce competitive and purposeful graduates, and this building will help us achieve those goals. Not only is our Health & Life Sciences Building beautiful, but it is incredibly functional for our students and faculty. It is a building that is totally designed around enhancing learning and creating community. We are indebted to ESa for designing a building that serves as the academic living room for our campus. —Tracy Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., President, Shenandoah University
Working with ESa on Shenandoah University’s Health and Life Sciences building was a great experience. ESa’s knowledge of this building type, and their ability to work with the general contractor to solve problems yielded a highly functional and beautiful building. This impressive facility has more than fulfilled our vision and will stand for years as a futuristic facility to house our health and life sciences programs. —Jeff Davis, Project Manager, Shenandoah University
Photos © Michael Peck; Drone image courtesy of Shenandoah University