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University of North Dakota, School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Perkins+Will, PCL Construction, Steinberg, JLG Architects


University of North Dakota, School of Medicine and Health Sciences


320,000 sq. feet
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Project Description

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The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) is the premiere health and science program in the region, providing more than 375,000 square feet of instructional, research, and administrative space to host its innovative programs.

This new facility re-imagines health science education in anticipation of a 30% enrollment increase over the next five years. The building provides innovative solutions to maximizing natural light in the winter climate of North Dakota and encourages students, faculty, and visitors to collaborate with transparent, open circulation and instructional spaces. What began as a space utilization study resulted in a new 320,000 SF all-inclusive education, research, and administrative building for the school. The new building will not only support increased enrollment but also facilitate interprofessional education, increase simulation learning spaces, and allow for new pedagogies. Steinberg’s Health Sciences Planning team, in collaboration with local Executive Architect JLG Architects, and in collaboration with Perkins+Will Minneapolis, is helping redefine transdisciplinary learning and science research for future generations.

As Design Architect, Steinberg completed the planning and interior design for the $124,000,000 project and continues to work with SMHS to finalize furniture and equipment. The design includes state-of-the-art, flexible classrooms, simulation and standardized patient environments, collaborative research spaces, and interprofessional student learning communities. Bringing together eight diverse SMHS programs from several disparate campus locations, the facility actively supports interdisciplinary collaboration amongst students and faculty through a variety of student meeting and study spaces, combined departmental office suites, and building-wide transparency.
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