Two new buildings of the College of Health Sciences Complex at the University of California at Irvine, currently under construction, will be a showcase for integrative care, education and research for health care patients.
Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company, HED architecture and engineering firm, and The S / L / A / M Collaborative (SLAM) architecture firm announced that they would be building a 9-acre health sciences complex on University of California, Irvine (UCI), which promises to be a national showcase for inclusive health care, education and research for health patients.
The new facility will comprise a five-story building with an area of 135,111 square meters. Building for the Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences and the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute and an adjacent four-story building covering an area of 77,028 square meters. Building for the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing. The location is on the corner of Bison Avenue and California Avenue next to UCI Research Park.
The planned cost is $ 134 million. The facilities are expected to open in 2022.
The HED and SLAM college and health studios brought expertise to the team. “The design is designed to support human health and the healing experience in a holistic way,” said Martha Ball, project manager at HED. “This aspect of the project mission influenced our process.”
The design strategies for the new buildings on the UCI campus were heavily influenced by biophilia – the human tendency to interact with other forms of life in nature – and attention to wellbeing at all levels. The residents’ access to light, air, a view of the vegetation and water as well as other aspects support the overall task of the complex and the schools.
The health science complex includes a 150-seat auditorium, a central courtyard connected to the existing Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, landscaping elements that support activities such as yoga and tai chi, a zen garden, and a 600-foot wellness walk that leads to the Biomedical Research Center of the School of Medicine.
The complex is supported by large donations. Susan and Henry Samueli donated $ 200 million to build this unique health science college, focused on interdisciplinary inclusive health. The sweeping gift – one of the largest ever given to a single public university – positions UCI as a bold new leader in public health, patient care, and health education and research. The William and Sue Gross Family Foundation has donated $ 40 million to the UCI to set up a nursing school and help build a new building to house it.
The project is a flagship for the future of health education. “UCI is creating a national one-health discovery, teaching and healing model that brings together the strengths of the medical, nursing, pharmaceutical and public health disciplines,” said Steve Goldstein, Vice Chancellor for Health. “These two new buildings, part of our expanded health sciences campus, are designed to foster the creation of tomorrow’s diverse healthcare workforce. The facilities are designed to enable interprofessional education and a future of team-based care that will benefit from healthcare providers working in sync with health.” and support well-being. “
“A future of wellbeing requires that we promote approaches that keep our patients healthy and that, when they are ill, our providers work together to ensure that care is easily accessible, up-to-date, patient-centric and people-aware,” added Goldstein. “The Integrative Health Institute is in the same location, so all of our students have their whole person focus, even if the provider is a specialist, and their commitment to finding new, effective and evidence-based practices to optimize wellbeing.”
About Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction
Hathaway Dinwiddie celebrated its 100th anniversary in California in 2011. Hathaway Dinwiddie is focused on the California market and is known for constructing many of the state’s iconic buildings.
HED seeks creative solutions that have a positive impact on its customers, the community and the world. HED has built a reputation for excellence in all facets of the environment designed and built, including architectural, consulting, engineering and planning services. The 350-employee company serves customers in a variety of markets from eight US offices: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Sacramento.
About S / L / A / M Collaborative
The S / L / A / M Collaborative (SLAM) is a multidisciplinary design firm with a wide range of markets including a nationally recognized college practice. The main focus on academic medical centers and expertise in programming and designing research and educational institutions has resulted in the completion of 40 health science projects for world class public and private institutions.