GEORGIA GWINNETT COLLEGE - ALLIED HEALTH AND SCIENCES BUILDING
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Georgia Gwinnett College, Georgia’s first four-year state college founded in the 21st century. Together, tvsdesign and WSP have completed the planning, design and construction of the Allied Health Building, which opened in the fall of 2014. The 200-acre campus consists of contemporary buildings in a wooded suburban setting. The Allied Health Building includes biology, physics and chemistry labs, nursing labs, lab preparation facilities, storage facilities, office space, classrooms, collaborative learning spaces, computer labs and support spaces for the dean and faculty.
THE PROJECT BROUGHT ABOUT A CERTAIN MATURING TO THIS YOUNG CAMPUS
DESIGN GOALS, STRATEGY & RESULTS
The building was sited and designed to help further define a pedestrian axis and enclose the campus quad with materials that complement existing campus structures. One of the College’s goals was to put science on display, and the facilities with laboratory spaces are visible from student corridors.The building was designed and built to allow the introduction of new degree programs in high demand by local health care professionals and students alike. Collaborative learning spaces have been incorporated adjacent to labs and faculty offices to increase occasions for interaction between students and faculty at this rapidly growing college. The design of the facility incorporates materials that blend with and complement existing campus structures consistent with the campus master plan, and is integrated physically and functionally with the instructional lab facility on the campus quad. The building is science-rich, and is heavily tech-invested throughout its 25 teaching laboratories for the college’s biology, physics, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, exercise science, IT systems, computational sciences, digital media and psychology programs. The Allied Health Building provides new classroom, laboratory and office space, and brings a new nursing degree program to campus, playing a pivotal increasing enrollment from 9,400 to more than 11,500 students.