ArchDaily, the world’s most visited online architecture publication, featured Missouri State University’s O’Reilly Clinical Health Sciences — a new teaching and learning facility serving the College of Health and Human Services. Below are some key excerpts from the article; the full-length article can be viewed here.
“The O’Reilly Clinical Health Sciences Center is a new teaching and learning facility serving as the third of a trio of buildings that make up the College of Health and Human Services at Missouri State University. Programmatically, the center is comprised of undergraduate and graduate curricula in occupational therapy, nursing, nurse anesthesia and physician assistant studies, with each requiring tailored classrooms, specialized skills labs and simulation labs, faculty offices and support spaces. The building cuts back its southwest corner to create a second entry plaza for a ground level outpatient clinic serving the local community. Housed in an otherwise purely academic building, the clinic is designed to be not only a fully functioning healthcare facility but also provide real-world experience for students.”
On the building’s design
“Through its careful siting and unique physical presence, the new building creates a micro-campus for the college within the university’s broader campus context. Its bold, angular form cantilevers over the building’s chamfered corner entry, acknowledging its companion buildings and inviting in the students who circulate between them. Collaborative spaces for students flow throughout the building, creating an interior ‘street’ in the social sense and continuously connecting all levels by a faceted, undulating wood ceiling.”