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Georgia Gwinnet College - Allied Health Building

WSP USA, along with tvsdesign, will complete the planning, design and construction of an Allied Health Building on Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) Campus in the summer of 2014. Founded in 2006, GGC is the first 4-year public institution created in Georgia in more than 100 years. It is Located 30 miles northwest of Atlanta and is a unit of the University System of Georgia with a current enrollment of over 8,000 students. The 200 acre campus consists of contemporary buildings in a suburban setting with undistributed and heavily wooded areas to the north and west and a major thoroughfare to the south.

 

Due to the rapid growth in current and projected student enrollment GGC received funding from the Board of Regents for a new Allied Health and Sciences Laboratory Building in 2010.  The new laboratory and classroom facility has a gross area of approximately 93,000 SF and is located in the heart of the campus adjacent to the Main Library and the Campus Quad.

The curved exterior of the building reflects the curvature of the existing central campus area and extends this expression towards the eastern college development.

The Allied Health Building includes a total of 25 large size undergraduate teaching laboratories- each designed to accommodate 24 students. The program contains  biology, physics and  chemistry labs as well as IT and Audio-visual Labs and an Exercise Physiology Lab.  Together with the design team the College developed innovative and collaborative NAPEX labs for Neurology/Anatomy/Physiology and Exercise studies that combine classroom and lab functions into a single room. The Allied Health component is present with 2 larger Nursing labs and 24 hospital beds for hands-on nursing training. Several Nursing Simulation labs are also included. Lab preparation facilities, several faculty office suites, classrooms, computer labs and support spaces for the Dean and Faculty round out the extensive array of collegiate functions.

As a first for the Board of Regents the project implements low-flow fume hood technology for the biology and chemistry laboratories, which will result in substantial energy savings over the lifecycle of the building. The Allied Health Building is targeted for LEED silver certification.

The design of the facility incorporates materials that blend with and complement existing campus structures and are consistent with the campus master plan. In addition the Allied Health Building integrates physically and functionally with the recently completed first phase instructional lab facility (building H) on the campus quad.  The building provides the College with much needed laboratory, teaching and office space and underlines the commitment and focus that the Board of Regents puts towards the promotion of the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) initiative for the teaching of the sciences.