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Emory University

School of Medicine

Location: Atlanta, GA
Project Completed: 2007
Size: 167,000 GSF

Emory University’s School of Medicine tasked SLAM with creating a state-of-the-art medical education building. The project involved programming/planning studies and design of a 167,000-SF complex to accommodate a revamped curriculum that integrates basic and clinical sciences using a problem-based learning pedagogy and could respond to an emerging focus on inter-professional partnering.

Designed to support an increased class size of 150 students, the facility includes three 160-seat lecture halls as well as seminar rooms and instructional spaces for interactive small-group sessions; clinical skills and standardized patient areas; anatomy labs; dissection labs; a morgue; simulation (ER & OR) labs; and the medical school administration offices.

The instructional spaces in the building are designed to respond to constantly evolving pedagogy that is driven by evolving knowledge and technology. Two 40-station student computer labs are located adjacent to four Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) pods, which are arranged with four mock exam rooms around an open seminar area.

The existing historic buildings have been renovated to house a variety of small group teaching spaces, student service and amenities areas. Abundant natural light and comfortable furnishings create a welcoming environment, with amenities such as café; kitchen; chairs and couches; showers; lockers; indoor bike racks; LCD monitors for announcements; soundproof music practice room The building meets Emory’s educational needs while creating an intellectual and social “home” for first- and second-year students.

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