Malcolm X College and School of Health Sciences recently won two awards: an honorable mention from Learning By Design, and the Louis I. Kahn Citation for American School & University’s 2018 Architectural Portfolio. Both are well-known and respected award programs within the education market. For the Architecture Portfolio win specifically, the jury stated the project was, “Engaging, fun, contemporary and elegant. Many cool historical touches overlaid on a fundamentally sound and ambitious design. A bold, modern design that fits well near a densely populated urban center.”
Located in the near west side neighborhood of Chicago and near the Illinois Medical District, the School of Health Sciences is a strategic response to the rapid evolution of healthcare in America. The 544,000 sf facility can accommodate up to 20,000 students, and houses leading-edge technologies and services, including: a virtual hospital complete with operating and emergency rooms; Nursing, radiography, respiratory care and science labs; an ambulance for EMT simulations; a dental hygiene clinic to service the community and for student training; and, an exercise and sports sciences area with a 900-seat gymnasium and therapy pool among other learning spaces and amenities. These learning spaces are arranged around a student-activity hub formed by a union, library and outdoor roof garden.