Facility Details

At 202,000 gross square feet, the Health Sciences Education Center will be one of the most comprehensive interprofessional education facilities in the country when it’s completed in early 2020.

Located on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus at the intersection of Harvard and Delaware streets, HSEC connects and extends into the Phillips-Wangensteen Building (PWB) where existing space is under renovation.

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 ‐ Located within a critical natural habitat site with close proximity to the Mississippi River, the building’s exterior glass 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 the 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 two study rooms and an open lounge area.
  • 16,000 cubic yards of demo debris and 38,000 cubic yards of exported soil removed
  • 7,000 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.

University of Minnesota team: Provost’s Office, Office of Academic Clinical Affairs, Office of Capital Planning and Project Management, Biomedical Library
Design team: Perkins + Will and SLAM

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

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

  • Interprofessional student lounge
  • 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

Watch a timelapse of the project