Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education
The Center for Health Science Education Building creates a home for the education activities of the College of Medicine and provides campus-wide education support resources, as well as classrooms, class laboratories, including a clinical skills learning and assessment facility, and small group instruction rooms, all designed to optimize teaching and support robust and changing teaching technology for innovative programs in professional education. The building provides student support service offices and expanded support facilities for all UNMC students to form a gathering point or "heart" for the education zone of the campus.
The building was designed to facilitate student-faculty interaction, inter-professional exchange and provide a richer campus experience. The Sorrell Center, located at the crossroads of pedestrian movement between key education buildings, visibly defines the education "hub" of campus, and serves as the visual and pedestrian point of connection to the other campus buildings. Existing campus buildings demonstrate the progression of architectural inspiration and expression. The Sorrell Center continues the evolution of this tradition with dynamic architecture that communicates a world-class university engaging both present and future technologies. The use of quality materials, constructed in a sensible way true to the nature of the materials, leads to long-standing buildings independent of stylistic trends. The exterior architecture of the building respects the existing campus aesthetic of masonry, glass, precast concrete and stone. The forms of the building are derived from the functions within. The building is carefully rotated off of the campus orthogonal grid. This subtle move creates exterior "rooms" and spaces including the southwest plaza and the north campus green.
The Sorrell Center was the first building throughout the University of Nebraska system to become LEED certified. The project was a joint venture with RDg Planning and Design.
- Sustainable Features: Certified Wood, Construction IAQ Management Plan, Construction Waste Management, Daylighting & Views, Energy Efficiency, LEED Certified, Local/Regional Materials, Low-Emitting Materials, Public Transportation Access, Recycled-content Materials, Water Efficient Landscaping
- Type of Construction: New Construction
- Size: 131,000 SF (12,170 m2)
- Professional Services: Architecture, Engineering, Programming
- Project Components: Atrium, Auditorium, Biology Research Laboratory, Biomedical Communications, Classroom, Collaborative Spaces, Computer Simulation Laboratory, Dining/Café, Lecture Hall, Lounge Area, Offices, Teaching Laboratory
- Project Type: Academic, Academic Building, Academic Medical Center, Basic and Applied Science Facilities, Research Laboratory, Science + Technology
- Related Projects: Academic, Architecture, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Research, Science & Technology, Teaching
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