Work begins on University of Minnesota’s health sciences facility

WCN Editorial Team 15 Feb 2018 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

JE Dunn Construction has started construction on University of Minnesota’s new $108.6m Health Sciences Education Center in Minnesota, US.

Comprising more than 200,000ft2, the education centre will be a comprehensive inter-professional education facility in the US and will provide a unifying space for interdisciplinary work across speciality areas and programmes.

It will include active learning classrooms, a simulation centre, bio-medical library and other student and visitor services for all health sciences schools.

Improvements will also be made to the Phillips-Wangensteen Building (PWB), which connects the education centre to adjacent buildings that accommodate most of the health sciences schools.

PWB will also include open study spaces, small group study rooms, break out spaces for team collaboration, classrooms, a teaching visualisation lab and faculty commons, computer workstations and library consultation rooms.

The State of Minnesota has invested $66.7m in construction as part of its 2017 special session bonding bill. The university will fund an additional $33.3m in construction costs.
Pre-design and design from reallocated TCF Bank Stadium bond proceeds amounted to $8.6m.

Perkins+Will and SLAM are co-design architects and Perkins+Will is also architect of record on the project.

Demolition and utility work has already commenced at the site, located at the corner of Harvard and Delaware streets SE on the university’s East Bank campus. Construction is expected to be completed in December 2019.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said: “This new facility will help Minnesota develop the next generation of world-class medical professionals, to meet our future health care challenges and improve the well-being of all our communities.

“By investing in modern facilities at our colleges and universities, we can improve economic opportunities for Minnesotans and support a growing economy. I urge the Legislature to work with me this session to make significant, needed investments in the maintenance and repair of our higher education institutions throughout Minnesota.”

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