Work begins on University of Washington’s $100m Health Sciences Education Building

WCN Editorial Team 31 Aug 2020 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

The University of Washington (UW) in the US has broken ground on the $100m Health Sciences Education Building.

The new four-story modern facility offers high-tech learning facilities used for computer simulation, mock treatment labs and an ultra-modern Anatomy Lab Suite with virtual anatomy capabilities.

Designed around flexible spaces, the 100,000ft2 facility will allow students to learn integrated patient care.

University of Washington president Ana Mari Cauce said: “This new facility will enable our students across the full range of health sciences to work in a setting that better mirrors the way they’ll be engaging in patient care as professionals.

“This will result in better care for the patients they serve, because we’ve seen the benefits that come from coordinating various health disciplines, rather than keeping them siloed.”

Backed by $70m funding from the Washington state Legislature, the fully modern facility will feature a library extension that will be integrated into the main classroom floor.

In order to help complete funding for the building, the university is seeking private support of an additional $30m from community members through naming opportunities and donations. The building is planned for completion in May 2022.

Chair of the University of Washington board of health sciences deans and School of Nursing executive dean Azita Emami said: “The Health Sciences Education Building is a state-of-the-art facility that will prepare the next generation of professionals for a more collaborative, more collegial role as part of interprofessional teams to address today’s health care needs.

“From pandemics to health equity, the nation’s first integrated health sciences training facility will provide students with a high-tech learning space to develop solutions to global issues affecting population health.”

Officials from the University of Washington. (Credit: University of Washington)

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