Project DescriptionThis new 119,000 SF facility for a Trident Technical College’s nursing education
program provided expanded space for a rapidly growing field of study. From the
earliest programming meetings, the faculty reminded the design team that the nursing
profession is a combination of art and science, so the program spaces, massing, and
materials celebrate the best of each perspective.
The college’s leading-edge curriculum for nursing students includes hands-on training
with high fidelity patient simulators. These life-like simulators, which instructors can
program to mimic a wide variety of symptoms and responses, offer students the
opportunity to experience real-world medical situations in a safe, controlled environment.
The new facility included specialized program spaces for this new paradigm of learning,
in which the educational areas mirror actual clinical environments. These mock clinical
spaces often use full-scale hospital beds, headwalls with patient monitors and medical
gases, and integrated technology for observation and feedback; therefore, the design of
these spaces required as much expertise in health care as in higher education.
The design also incorporates many strategies for sustainability. Sustainable features
include rain water/condensate capture in a 30,000 gallon underground cistern for use
in toilet/urinal flushing and irrigation; green roof; solar hot water preheat panels; high
efficiency HVAC system; pervious paving; and use of recycled content and regional
materials in the construction. The facility is on track to receive LEED® Silver certification
from the USGBC.