Mount Pleasant, Michigan
172,000 GSF, 15,979 M2
Architecture, Engineering, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Lighting Design, Programming
Inspiring this project was the very nature of the healthcare delivery system: integrated and interdisciplinary in nature, and designed to foster community engagement. The result is an unparalleled, state-of-the-art facility that helped the university consolidate programs formerly housed in seven separate buildings.
More than a distinguished health education facility, Dow College elevates the historical campus milieu with its sympathetic style and careful detailing. Students and faculty share a technically rich, adaptive environment within the classic walls, yet the project budget was modest. Cutting-edge audiovisual and telecommunications systems allow for modern learning methods; the global videoconference room is an interactive high-tech classroom and visual laboratory.
The academic experience reflects a design that focused on encouraging interactions between students and faculty: ample, creative gathering areas such as comfortable seating alcoves are available throughout. Abundant natural light enters the spaces through varied windows, lending energy and comfort for the study of health.