Campus Consolidation

Stantec Architecture and Engineering

Project of Distinction 2017 Education Design Showcase

Campus Consolidation

Project Information

Facility Use: 4-Year Institution
Project Type: Adaptive Reuse
Category: Whole Building/Campus Design
Location: Lancaster, PA
District/Inst.: Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
Chief Administrator: Mary Grace Simcox, president
Completion Date: June 2016
Gross Area: 345,000 sq. ft.
Area Per Student: 195.5 sq. ft.
Site Size: 24.7 acres
Current Enrollment: 1,765 students
Capacity: 3,890 students
Cost per Student: $10,688
Cost per Sq. Ft.: $120
Total Cost: $41,500,000

Campus ConsolidationAfter a nine-year search, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences (PCHS) transformed a former office building and warehouse in Lancaster, PA, into a 345,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art health sciences campus with a wide range of programming.

Planned as a traditional campus, everyone passes through a central commons to gain access to the surrounding classrooms and faculty office suites situated along the perimeter of the building. The addition of skylights and windows to the two-story warehouse space, along with a bold color palette, energizes and engages students, faculty, and staff alike.

Campus ConsolidationThe president of PCHS challenged Stantec to make “every space a learning space” for its next generation of med/ed students. In addition to 27 classrooms, informal collaboration spaces were created to foster learning outside the classroom and appeal to a wide array of students, whether they prefer quiet, private spaces or those geared to generate conversation and social engagement.

Another showpiece of the new campus is the state-of-the-art 24,000-square-foot Center for Excellence in Practice (simulation center), which includes specific spaces for respiratory therapy, x-ray/nuclear medicine, OR/ cardiac procedures, ultrasound, clinical skills labs, patient rooms, exam rooms, a home care apartment, and various conference and storage rooms.

Judges Comments

Nice idea in the public spaces where the roof structure is exposed. I like the color palette. A clever adaptive reuse project. Kudos for the sustainable approach.

Campus ConsolidationArchitect(s):

Stantec Architecture and Engineering