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The Future of Health Sciences Education

Augusta University J. Harold Harrison, M.D. Education Commons
Augusta, Georgia, USA

“HOK has designed a number of the new generation medical education facilities and its science and technology team in Atlanta is uniquely qualified. They are an excellent fit for our desire for a world-class project.”

Dr. Michael Ash
Former Vice President for Administration, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University

As the new educational home for Augusta University’s Medical College of Georgia, this state-of-the art commons building houses curriculum that will set a new 21st-century standard in health sciences education.

The design encourages a learning culture that promotes curiosity, collaboration and excellence in medical education and practice. Through a thoughtful interplay of materials and developing technologies, the design creates a facility that pushes the boundaries of medical education.

Contrasting colors, shapes and forms enable the commons building to present a contemporary image from all directions. The building massing reflects the surrounding campus and internal program while providing a balanced range of human-scaled elements and spaces.

The three-story building features high-tech classrooms, teaching labs and a 40,000-sq.-ft. simulation center for Augusta University’s medical and dental schools. Most of the occupied spaces have generous amounts of glass, providing panoramic campus views and ample daylighting. Four large, open staircases connect all three floors.

Two 300-seat auditoriums have fully integrated audiovisual equipment and technology for distance learning. A tiered design enables team-based learning. Two 150-seat lecture halls function as large classrooms or flex to accommodate small group work. Thirteen small-group classrooms and 13 learning community spaces bring together a variety of students. The building also includes a covered outdoor patio, a café, two executive conference rooms and an administration suite.

The team designed the building for LEED Silver certification. The southern facade features a glass window wall with dramatic sunshades that protect the interior from solar exposure. To the east and west, the narrow facade reduces exposure to the rising and setting sun. To the north, the wall system is predominately transparent glazing. Sustainable design strategies also include two energy recovery units, a highly reflective membrane roof, low-flow water fixtures, low-VOC materials, a stormwater detention system and proximity sensors for the lighting and HVAC systems.

LEED CERTIFICATION

LEED Silver anticipated

SIZE

177,000 sq. ft. / 16,440 sq. m.

SERVICES

Architecture
Interior Design
Laboratory Planning/Programming/Design
Master Planning

32.7%

Reduction in water use

29%

Reduction in energy use