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The Building Is Open!

The new Health and Behavioral Studies building is open! Faculty moved into the building in early August, and students arrived last week for the start of classes. We welcome you for a visit when you get a chance. Though we still have a couple of minor areas to complete, the building is fully functional and providing amazing teaching and learning spaces. The photos below give you a peek of what’s inside!

Watch for information on our Grand Opening celebration later this month.

Northeast View of the HBS Building

Northeast View of the HBS Building

Ground Floor Atrium

Ground Floor Atrium

Ground Floor Atrium Outside Lecture Hall and Classroom

Ground Floor Atrium Outside Lecture Hall and Classroom

165-Seat Lecture Hall

165-Seat Lecture Hall

60-Seat Tiered Classroom

60-Seat Tiered Classroom

Tablet Arm Chair Classroom

Tablet Arm Chair Classroom

Physician Assistant Studies Classroom

Physician Assistant Studies Classroom

Dietetics Dining Room

Dietetics Dining Room

First Floor Classroom and Public Space Area

First Floor Classroom and Public Space Area

Nursing Skills Lab

Nursing Skills Lab

Athletic Training Lab

Athletic Training Lab

Health Assessment Lab Stations

Health Assessment Lab Stations

CSD Clinic Sound Booths

CSD Clinic Sound Booths

Public Space Area

Public Space Area

Quiet Study Room

Quiet Study Room

Special Events Meeting Room

Special Events Meeting Room

Dean’s Conference Room

Dean’s Conference Room

 

The South Half Has Begun …

The steel structure for all six floors on the north half of the building is complete. The steel construction for the first three floors on the south half of the building began this week and is moving quickly. The weather has made recent work more difficult, but progress continues nicely.

CHBS building

While We Were Away On Break …

While we were away on break, Skanska and the gang were busy at work! The steel has been erected in the northwest corner of the building for the first three floors, and the remaining wall footings have been laid for the entire building. The steel structure will continue to be erected across the north portion of the building for the first three floors while foundation work continues on the south portion of the building.

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Exterior Views!

Exciting news! Our architects have provided renderings of the exterior of our building, as shown below:

CHBS Building North View

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The north side of the building, facing Martin Luther King, Jr. Way (historic Cantrell Avenue). This entrance will lead to the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic operated by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

CHBS Building South View

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The south side of the building, facing campus. Most students will enter on this side of the building as they walk from the Quad, past Burruss Hall and Grace Street. The newly renovated university student success and health center building is visible on the left.

CHBS Building East View

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The east side of the building, depicted at dusk with the sun setting in the background. This is the view of the building from the parking deck that is used by faculty, staff and students.

CHBS Building Blog – Installment 2

By CHBS Dean’s Office

Key Organizational Drivers

  • Create DEPARTMENTAL IDENTITY
  • Encourage CONNECTIONS using shared spaces
  • Build COMMUNITIES
  • Multiple departments per floor – MIXING
  • ACTIVATE each floor
  • Natural LIGHT
  • Distribute INFORMAL LEARNING spaces throughout

JMU has received funding for the construction phase of our project!  Meanwhile, the process of planning the new CHBS building continued with all-day meetings among the EYP architects and CHBS stakeholders on June 4 and 5, 2013.  During these meetings we reviewed and discussed preliminary plans for public spaces, classrooms, and the spaces being designed for use by each of the departments that will move to our new building.  The key organizational drivers for the entire building are described in the box to the right.  In this installment of our blog, we will provide more detail regarding the plans that are developing.

Public Space

Our building will include a substantial volume of public space that will invite building visitors to enter and explore our building, and will provide residents with places that facilitate interaction.  In this large, multi-story building, we want to make it easy for visitors to feel well orientated, and we want to make it easy to find their way around.  We want individuals to feel comfortable working, waiting or resting between classes or other activities.  We want to provide many opportunities for people to interact with other in ways that promote interprofessional and interdepartmental collaborations.  Even hallways are being considered opportunities to communicate with students and other building visitors.  We want to facilitate communication among individuals who encounter each other as they traverse the building.

Public spaces include areas for informal learning, study spaces, and pre-function spaces where individuals can wait before going into a larger room.  These sorts of spaces are scattered throughout the building.  The center of the building will contain the largest volume of public space, with inviting areas for sitting and interacting.  Substantial attention is being paid to strategically placing windows throughout the building to bring natural light into public spaces including the center of the building.  Use of glass on inner walls will help visitors appreciate what is taking place within closed rooms and will bring light to the interior of the building.

The nature of the public spaces will vary across the building.  Some areas will need to accommodate a large flow of students who leave and enter classrooms in great numbers at certain times each day.  Other areas will be quieter and can include individual and group study spaces with a range of furnishings for different types of activities.  The whole building will have substantial wireless internet capacity and we have discussed the importance of providing power in public spaces for recharging laptops, notepads and telephones.

Classrooms

The building includes 17 classrooms of various sizes from large tiered lecture halls to small seminar rooms.  Substantial attention is being paid to room design to optimize the student experience in every space.  This includes trying to designing lecture classrooms so they feel like intimate spaces for student-faculty and student-student interaction.  Consultants are helping us design classrooms that take full advantage of advanced technology that is likely to be available in three years when the building opens, and can easily be upgraded to options that emerge in the more distant future.  Our classrooms are being designed not only facilitate lecture-style teaching, but also more interactive mode of instruction including project-based learning.  Room furnishings and placement of low-tech teaching tools such as white boards will be carefully selected to facilitate the wide range of pedagogy that takes place in our college.

Overall Layout

JMU ET_Concept Design Side View

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The diagram to the right depicts the overall layout of the building.  As you can see, the most accessible and most public floors will be on the ground level and first floor.  The next three floors facilitate interprofessional learning.  The top floor will be the quietest area within the building.  As we continue, we’ll describe our plans, floor-by-floor.

Ground Floor

Most visitors to our building will enter the ground-floor level, after waling through a courtyard on the south side of the building that is oriented towards the quad.  On this level we will have some of our largest lecture halls and classrooms.  On this floor there will also be a suite for the dietetics program that includes a dining facility that will also be used for scheduled events.  A large stairway and three elevators will take you to higher levels within the building.

First Floor

A small entrance on the northern side of the building, facing Cantrell Avenue, will bring off-campus visitors directly into the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic operated by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD).  This clinic provides services to the community while also serving as a training ground for students and an applied research center.  Offices for CSD faculty and staff are also on this floor as well as the offices for Creative Services.  There are also 4 classrooms on this floor.

A small entrance on the east side of the building will bring visitors to this floor from nearby parking decks.  Most visitors are expected to enter this floor through the ground-level entrance and then up the stairs or elevator.

Second Floor

The home office for the Social Work Department will be on this floor; this will include offices for all faculty and staff and workspaces for students.  Facilitating interprofessional collaborations, this floor will also include offices for some Health Sciences faculty, Occupational Therapy and Athletic Training labs.  The floor also includes a Nursing Skills lab as well as two classrooms.

Third Floor

The home office for the Health Sciences Department will be on this floor.  A substantial number of Health Sciences faculty and staff offices will be located here as well as some offices for some Nursing faculty members. Laboratories on the third floor include Skills Labs for Social Work, a Simulation Lab for Nursing, and a Home Environment Lab for Health Sciences.  There are four classrooms on this floor.

Fourth Floor

The home office for the Nursing Department will be on this floor.  A substantial number of Nursing faculty and staff offices will be here as well as offices for some Health Sciences faculty members.  This floor will have Health Assessment and Practical labs for Nursing, as well as three classrooms.

Fifth Floor

The Dean’s Office suite will be on the top floor of the building.  This floor will also include a large meeting room for scheduled events and laboratories for Communication Sciences and Disorders research.