Colorado Mesa University – New Health Sciences Building
The new Health Sciences building at Colorado Mesa University represents the completion of another successful building project as well as the realization of Northward campus expansion outlined as part of the university’s master plan. The site consists of over 6 acres at the north half of the block formerly occupied by Community Hospital, bounded by Orchard and Walnut Avenues to the North and South, by College Place on the West, and 12th Street on the East. The site’s design realizes key goals identified during planning, including extending the main north/south campus pedestrian pathway from the Maverick Athletic complex, across Orchard Street, finally terminating at the new main entry of the Health Sciences building. The new Northwest parking lot is envisioned as a potential location for a future expansion of the new facility that would house additional related academic programs. [Read More]
Beginning in 2015, building work consisted of major and minor renovations to four select portions of the existing Community Hospital totaling 45,388 square feet. Extensive demolition of substantial portions of the former hospital followed, and a 6,200 square foot addition was constructed which ties the four remaining renovated wings together for a total floor area of 51,588 square feet. The newly constructed portion of the building not only establishes a unifying design language for the facility but also creates engaging indoor and outdoor public spaces to enhance the student experience and create a greater sense of place on this new part of campus.
The new and expanded education programming for Health Sciences includes Flexible Skills Laboratories, Human Patient Simulation Laboratories, Medical Technology Labs, Radiology Technology Labs, 60-seat and 30-seat classrooms, a computer classroom, conference and seminar rooms, student lounges and group study rooms, faculty offices. The first phase of construction (completed in late 2016) includes all major building systems, flexible skills laboratories, faculty offices, and a computer lab. The second phase of construction includes the new main building entry, a comfortable student lounge, group study rooms, and well-equipped classrooms. In addition, phase two also houses med-tech and rad-tech laboratories, as well as a state-of-the-art Medical Simulation Center that allows students to engage in a variety of realistic, highly sophisticated training scenarios.
As a State of Colorado job, the Health Sciences project had a mandate to attain either LEED or Green Globes certification. Colorado Mesa University chose to pursue the Green Globes sustainable building rating system and anticipates achieving a minimum of two Green Globes, demonstrating significant strides regarding energy and water efficiency, responsible material selections, and environmental sensitivity throughout the site.
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