To support a growing Health Sciences and Nursing program, which is currently ranked sixth in the State of Pennsylvania, IKM worked with Mount Aloysius College to ascertain projected space needs for the School of Science and Health Sciences. The project determined existing space assets and utilization, provided a conditions assessment and ranked instructional spaces relative to their functional and pedagogical alignment with current programs.
Based on forecasted demand, the project additionally provided recommendations on renovations to existing Chemistry, Life Science and Health Science instructional spaces in addition to determining recommendations for new life science laboratory, medical imaging, and nursing simulation spaces and related support functions. The outcome of the project strongly positions Mount Aloysius to remain competitive with peer institutions in a growing field of study.
IKM was selected in a competitive proposal process to renovate and expand the existing Health Science Building, Pierce Hall, at Mt. Aloysius College. Upon completion, the project will create “The Learning Center for Health Science and Technology.”
The expansion includes lecture space as well as critically needed additional lab space, classroom, office, and, perhaps most importantly, communal learning space. The existing facility, Pierce Hall, was 32,000 square feet, built in 1997 to accommodate the growing need for health science professionals in the area. The demand and the changing areas of health science study had outpaced the current space.
The College sought an open floor plan to foster collaborative work, learning, and research among faculty and students while allowing the College to strengthen its signature traits of mentorship and hands-on learning. The new and renovated facilities were designed to help achieve the following educational goals: integrated science education, adaptable and flexible learning environments, and integration with current Mt. Aloysius programs.
The goal is for students, faculty, and staff to experience the connections between health science disciplines and the connections between science, other academic fields, and “real life” outside of the classroom.