Indiana Wesleyan University


Ott Hall of Science and Nursing

Marion, Indiana

111,110 GSF / 10,322 m2

Architecture, Engineering, Interior Architecture, Lab Planning, Lighting Design, Master Planning, Programming


When Indiana Wesleyan University performed an academic space study on its campus in 2010, it found the greatest space deficiencies in its natural and physical sciences and nursing facilities. Furthermore, it identified physical therapy and occupational therapy as growth areas. To address these needs, Indiana Wesleyan contacted SmithGroupJJR to provide design and construction services for a new Science and Nursing Building, and to consolidate services in the adjacent Burns Hall of Science and Nursing.

The project brings a much stronger identity and state-of-the-art services to Indiana Wesleyan’s growing health sciences programs. A new three-story atrium links the new building to the existing Burns Hall, bringing together the natural sciences, mathematics, computer information sciences and nursing in one collaborative learning environment. The complex provides specialized labs, classrooms and group study areas that emphasize hands-on, interdisciplinary learning. Flexible “incubator” space allows for start-up programs and future growth.  The project also includes a renovated and expanded interprofessional simulation suite for the School of Nursing. 

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