The University of California (UCI) in the US is set to start construction on a nine-acre health sciences complex with landscape design elements.

Work is expected to start this month at the complex, which will be situated on the corner of Bison and California avenues next to the UCI Research Park.

It will include a five-storey 108,200ft² building or the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences and an adjoining four-storey 71,500ft² building for the Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing.

Additionally, the $185m project will have an auditorium that can accommodate 150 people, a central courtyard, as well as design elements that support activities such as yoga and tai chi, a Zen garden, and a 600ft-long wellness walk.

For the health sciences and nursing complex, the design will combine classrooms, research labs and meeting spaces into collective environments.

Classrooms will be placed strategically while collaboration areas, team rooms and break areas will draw different constituents toward the centre. The complex will also feature two central staircases and three elevators.

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A lounge within the nursing school will open to a quiet outdoor space and can be easily accessed from the teaching labs.

The dedicated approach, entry and design of the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute will provide a new experience and build a sense of community among patients and clinicians.

University of California health affairs vice-chancellor Dr Steve Goldstein said: “Moving from the status quo to improved care for our population requires an expanded focus to promote health and well-being and more effectively deliver healthcare using all evidence-based approaches across the lifespan.

“This health sciences complex will be at the epicentre of the transformation of the current healthcare system, as well as a site for research and the training of the next generation of healthcare professionals.”

The Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute will also be part of the health sciences building.