SLAM designed, in association with our partner architect Page, this three-story, 130,000 square foot new College of Medicine building for a start up medical school at the University of Houston. The facility, built by Vaughn Construction, boasts state of the art learning environments including classrooms, immersive learning spaces, faculty and staff offices, as well as student study and social lounges. Notable features of the building and the design process include: sustainability and reclaimed wood as featured in the live edge board room table, a first of its kind “Sky Box Team-Based Learning Lecture Hall”, continuum of care simulation, and a custom art piece to add to the ‘user experience’ in the welcoming two-story lobby.
University of Houston leadership first began planning for a new medical school in 2014, with with a key focus on community involvement and serving the underserved in the Houston area.
SLAM led the University of Houston College of Medicine leadership through a robust visioning and programming process beginning in May 2019 to align the design and construction of the new College of Medicine building with the ambitious goals the institution had established.
Five guiding principals drove decision-making throughout the course of the project to prioritize 1) community engagement, 2) inter-professional and trans-disciplinary education, 3) collaborative and innovative teaching and working spaces, 4) whole-person wellness, and 5) meaningful campus connections.
Designing, building and programming a new medical education building is a huge undertaking. We did this in the midst of building our program and welcoming our inaugural class of medical students. SLAM made all the difference! Their ability to guide us through the process with knowledge of trends, benchmarks and lessons learned from other institutions made our process much easier.