IKM Inc

The Reading Hospital and Medical Center Health Sciences


Location: Reading,  PA
Completion: 2008
Project Area: 62,000 ft2
Services: Architecture, Planning


The Reading Hospital and Medical Center School of Health Sciences, designed by Pittsburgh-based IKM Incorporated architects, is housed in a new facility on a site near the main hospital campus.  The new three-story, 62,000 square foot building is the home to the Hospital’s School of Nursing and Medical Technology programs.

The Nursing Program is affiliated with Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with classes taught at the School of Health Sciences by Kutztown University faculty. This affiliation enables nursing program students to qualify for RN-BSN completion programs at Kutztown and other similar institutions.

The building is comprised of a 300-seat auditorium, classrooms, simulation/skills laboratories and science labs, a tiered classroom, computer facilities, faculty and administrative offices, student and faculty lounges and study areas. There is a substantial audio/visual component to this project associated with the auditorium, tiered classroom, and the larger presentation spaces.

Development of this site involved the removal of an existing school building and supporting structures; the construction of new roadway, parking, soft and hard landscape elements; and infrastructure to support the new building.

The design reflects the character of the hospital campus and draws on similar material selections for the building exterior.  Brick and limestone/pre-cast are blended with metal detailing to produce a suitable companion project that extends the aesthetic into the surrounding community.

The primary interior public spaces on the ground and first floors have higher end finishes appropriate for the entrance of an important building serving the community needs.  The other spaces are more closely detailed to the standards of university classroom buildings.