The 68,000-SF BIB unites the school’s College of Nursing and Department of Biology, incorporating cross-disciplinary skills labs adjacent to public spaces so all students can experience the innovative culture.
The building is organized around a three-story lobby and a grand staircase that weaves people and space together. Every classroom and research lab that faces the central stairwell and lobby has a glass wall for visual connections. Nursing students are “on display” as they work on highly advanced mannequins, and researchers conduct lab work while passersby look on.
To give students true-to-life experiences, the building includes entire sections designed to look like physicians’ offices, acute care facilities, and research labs, with monitoring stations and debriefing rooms situated right next door or across the hall. To provide more social space for students, the team implemented a scaled-down approach to staff offices, featuring a combination of private offices, open workstations, micro-offices, and adjacent enclave rooms—offering right-sized settings for every type of work modality.