Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s new medical education facility in Athens, Ohio, is intentionally designed to support the preparation of future physicians. The 114,000-square-foot, three-story building will devote a third of its space to hands-on practice areas, including a clinical training and assessment center, an osteopathic manipulative medicine lab, and a gross anatomy lab.
Additionally, the facility was designed using International WELL Building Institute’s WELL Building Standards, putting the college’s wellness philosophy front-and-center and creating a healthy environment for students, faculty, and staff.
For example, the building is organized around a central atrium that fills the interior with natural light. Stair connections from the atrium to academic areas encourage movement, and the inclusion of a fitness room provides further opportunity for physical wellness.
The academic spaces are designed to support the college’s recently launched Pathways to Health and Wellness Curriculum, which is based on a flipped classroom/interprofessional team learning model. Flexible classrooms replace traditional, large lecture halls and feature more small-group spaces to encourage collaborative learning and problem solving, which are important skills for students’ future work on interprofessional healthcare teams.
Facility name: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Location: Athens, Ohio
Expected completion date: March 2021
Owner: Ohio University
Total building area: 120,000 gross sq. ft.
Total construction cost: $49 million
Cost/sq. ft.: approximately $408
Architecture firm: DesignGroup (architect of Record), Perkins and Will (design architect)
Interior design: DesignGroup
Construction Manager: Donley’s
MEP Engineer: Karpinski Engineering
Structural Engineer: Barber & Hoffman