Project Talking Points

Health Sciences Education Center exterior - view from Delaware Street

Background

  • The University of Minnesota has one of the most comprehensive health sciences centers in the nation and trains 70% of the healthcare professionals in Minnesota.
  • The new facility will improve the student experience, attract the best and brightest and be competitive with other institutions.
  • The spaces will promote interprofessional education and interaction between the schools and students. The building is a result of former Governor Mark Dayton’s 2015 Blue Ribbon Commission that recognized the need to strengthen the University’s ability to serve as a statewide healthcare resource for providers and patients and address the healthcare workforce, aging population and increased chronic needs.
  • The project involves the renovation 50,000 sq. ft. in the Phillips-Wagensteen Building (PWB) and new construction of 140,000 sq. ft. in the Health Sciences Education Center (HSEC).
  • Occupancy April ‐ June 2020

7th Floor HSEC - IP Lounge, Classrooms, Event Space

7th Floor HSEC - IP Lounge, Classrooms, Event Space

  • Interprofessional student lounge with 190 seats
  • Flexible space that can be used for classes, computerized testing, events, two rooms can be combined for 400+ seats, small catering support space
  • 60 seats of open study space in a variety of configurations
  • Center for Health Interprofessional Program (CHIP) staff office and meeting space for student groups
  • Wellness studio for yoga, etc.
  • 1 Wellness/Lactation room, 1 Gender Neutral restroom

6th Floor HSEC - Inpatient Simulation

6th Floor HSEC - Inpatient Simulation

  • 7 flexible fully immersive inpatient simulation rooms, varying sizes
  • Acute care suite
  • 2 Operating rooms
  • Trauma simulation suite
  • Nurse station, med prep room, anteroom for infection control scenarios, patient bathroom.
  • Air and vacuum ports on the Sim Hospital headwalls are fully functional; the oxygen port will have regular air. Any equipment requiring true oxygen will use a portable oxygen tank.
  • Control rooms for recording
  • 4 Brief and de‐brief rooms with 16 seats, flexible furniture
  • Technology trainer room for simulation training
  • Wet/dry trainer station room with adjacent lab support room
  • Innovation Partner Discovery Room – for presentations by outside groups
  • Simulation workshop
  • Storage (simulation storage needs are very high, manikins, wheelchairs, hospital beds, gurneys require a lot of space)
  • Faculty and staff office space
  • 40 seats of open study space in a variety of configurations

5th Floor PWB - Health Science Library

5th Floor PWB - Health Science Library

  • Circulation/help desk
  • Faculty Commons – where faculty can explore new teaching methods and experiment with the same technology that is in the classrooms
  • Computer Visualization Lab‐ seats 30, with technology rich infrastructure for manipulating large data, i.e. study world epidemics
  • Six (6) One‐button studios, where students and faculty can record their own presentations, very user friendly
  • 28 computer workstations ‐ for general use
  • Three (3) consult rooms where library staff can meet with faculty, staff and students on special projects and two (2) small group study rooms
  • Office space for library staff
  • Small percentage of book and materials stacks will be housed in lower level of PWB, majority of materials will be stored off‐campus but available on short notice.

5th Floor HSEC - Simulation and Health Sciences Library

5th Floor HSEC - Simulation and Health Sciences Library

  • 18 outpatient exam rooms
  • Standardized patient orientation/breakroom for 24 participants
  • Monitoring/control A/V rooms
  • Two (2) 24 seat Brief/Debrief multi‐use rooms where students can review their performance and receive feedback from faculty and peers
  • Virtual Reality studio
  • Maker Space with 3D printers
  • Quiet study room with 155 seats
  • Open study space with 60 seats

4th Floor PWB and HSEC - Small Group Rooms, Study

4th Floor PWB and HSEC - Small Group Rooms, Study

  • Vertical connection between floors 2, 3, 4 and 5 on south side of PWB plus horizontal connection to HSEC.
  • Six (6) small group teaching/study rooms, 16 seats per room
  • Open study spaces with 48 seats

3rd Floor PWB = Classrooms, Student Services

3rd Floor PWB = Classrooms, Student Services

  • 4 classrooms with movable tables and chairs, accommodates 32‐50 seats per room, ability to combine two rooms
  • Health Sciences “Front Door” office space for Student Services, Financial Aid, Recruitment, Visitors
  • Renovated main lobby to accommodate patient waiting from clinics and 10 person conference room

3rd Floor HSEC - Main Lobby, Classrooms, Food Service

3rd Floor HSEC - Main Lobby, Classrooms, Food Service

  • Street level entrance into 2‐story lobby space
  • 144 seat collaborative bi‐level active learning classroom to support group collaboration, 18 fixed tables of 8 students per table, movable chairs, 8 flat panel displays where students can share their work.
  • 206 seat shallow tired active learning auditorium to supports group collaboration as well as lecture style instruction or presentations.
  • 170 seats of open study space in a variety of configurations
  • Food service area (Dunn Bros Coffee) on south end, with exterior seating on plaza for warmer months

2nd Floor PWB - Seminar Rooms, Wangensteen Historical Collection, Interprofessional Student Lockers

2nd Floor PWB - Seminar Rooms, Wangensteen Historical Collection, Interprofessional Student Lockers

  • 5 Seminar/large group study rooms, 16 seats per room, with video conferencing to enable distance learning with other campuses
  • 5 small group study rooms, 4 seats per room
  • 85 seats of open study space in various configurations
  • New interprofessional student locker space
  • Wangensteen Historical Collection – offices, preservation area, reading room and conference room with 64 – 100 seats (The actual collection will be stored on the basement level of PWB)

2nd Floor HSEC - Active Learning Classrooms

2nd Floor HSEC - Active Learning Classrooms

  • 135 seat active learning distance classroom, 9 students per table, supports programs that have a presence in Duluth and Rochester
  • 144 seat active learning divisible distance classroom, 9 students per table, supports programs that have a presence in Duluth and Rochester
  • 4 Seminar/large group study rooms with 14 – 16 seats
  • 2 Small group study rooms with 8 seats/room
  • 2 Wellness/lactation rooms
  • Provides connection to tunnel that connects the parking ramp with the hospital

Other Interesting Facts

  • Artery - The architectural design of the HSEC building and PWB renovation was inspired by the health sciences, with the main east‐west circulation path deemed the “artery.”
  • Bird friendly glass ‐ the project is located within a critical natural habitat site with close proximity to the Mississippi River – all new exterior glass on the building has bird‐friendly and/or bird‐safe patterning
  • Natural light ‐ Abundant glass along generous primary horizontal and vertical circulation paths promotes active walking spaces, interdisciplinary interactions, well‐lit study spaces and views of surrounding campus.
  • Building Occupant Load - Designed to accommodate as many as 3,000 occupants at one time (2,907 actual).
  • There is a 2.5' elevation difference between the concourse level of the new HSEC building and the existing PWB building, requiring a ramp in the link between the two. The landing of the link at the concourse level will also include 2 study rooms and an open lounge area.
  • 16,000 cubic yards of demo debris and 38,000 cubic yards of exported soil removed
  • 7000 cubic yards of concrete and 1,150 tons of structural steel will be used
  • Between the new HSEC building and PWB renovation, there are over 400 new doors.
  • Storm water ‐ that lands on the roof and much of the site will be collected in a 50,000 gallon underground storage tank and sent to the cooling tower on the top of Moos Tower to provide air conditioning for several buildings in the health sciences district.