Central Michigan University

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Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions

Location
Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Size
172,000 GSF, 15,979 M2

Services
Architecture, Engineering, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Lighting Design, Programming

“The Health Professions Building at CMU is one of the most technologically advanced academic buildings in the country and also one of the most flexible and ‘user friendly' facilities you will visit.”

—Linda Seestedt-Stanford, Asst Dean

Description

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.