The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) lays the groundwork for bringing a new century approach to teaching and learning for students in the health professions at Armstrong State University through programming, planning and design of the new 63,250 SF Waters College of Health Professions facility and associated renovations to the existing 46,000 SF Ashmore Hall. The new building will be the cornerstone of a health professions precinct at the west side of campus, a natural setting that features a protected wetlands environment. The style of the new building is modern and distinct, yet in conformance with the existing campus design motif and palette. Health professions students and educators will have a unique connection with the character of their new home within the scenic 268-acre campus.
On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, a ground-breaking ceremony was held at Armstrong State University. This major milestone kicks off construction of the $21,720,000 project. The initiative identifies with a comprehensive university mission to drive economic development in the Coastal Georgia region by supporting collaborative efforts and technological advancements in health services, among other fields of study, to educate and train students. The new College of Health Professions facility and associated renovations, to be completed in time to welcome students for 2019 spring semester classes, will serve as the model for healthcare leadership training in the region and will help meet regional workforce development needs.
“The addition and renovations will provide a real-world healthcare environment for today’s students so they are prepared to be tomorrow’s top-notch health professionals,” says Will Stelten, AIA, lead designer and SLAM principal. “We are proud to design a facility that will expose faculty and students to the long-term benefits of immersive and collaborative learning across multiple disciplines.”
SLAM’s team of programmers, planners, and designers have worked closely with key stakeholders in developing a program that incorporates a new Simulation Center with simulated hospital spaces such as ICU, emergency, labor and delivery, isolation, and patient rooms. These flexible simulation rooms will house sophisticated human patient simulators and will be linked electronically with a robust AV system for detailed and extensive debriefing and learning. Also within the Center will be clinical exam rooms and a Sonography Suite.
In addition to the Simulation Center, the new building will house a large active learning multi-purpose space, classrooms, open collaboration spaces, student study rooms, shared lounge space, and active learning / teaching labs; all serving the following academic programs: nursing, radiologic sciences (radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, cardiovascular interventional sciences), medical laboratory science, sonography, and communication sciences and disorders. The renovated Ashmore Hall will house the dean’s suite, faculty offices, administrative space, lecture hall, classrooms, respiratory therapy labs, and biodynamics.
Construction is being provided by Holder Construction of Atlanta, GA.