The rapidly growing College of Health Professions at North Dakota State University was pursuing progressive teaching pedagogies to meet critical workforce shortages and departmental accreditation requirements. The new addition to Sudro Hall — now called Alevron Tower — creates a solution that co-locates the School of Pharmacy and Nursing, Allied Science, and Public Health to create a collaborative, career-focused, state-of-the-art learning environment.
JLG’s design of the expansion is driven by the College’s commitment to an inter-professional education model — a team-based, experiential approach to patient-centered care — which will revolve around access to relevant technologies, allied with support for the wellbeing of students, staff, and faculty. The new expansion celebrates education by placing learning on display. Designed to blend with the adjacent buildings but not interfere with them, the design team is centering a small courtyard between the existing Sudro Hall and the attached expansion to create a visual separation while providing a space for students to enjoy. Students of the College of Health Professionals will be able to take advantage of innovative and technologically advanced environments, capable of simulating real-world healthcare settings.
The new learning spaces will encourage the development of integrated, team-based collaborations among the various disciplines in order to improve health outcomes. This project was in collaboration with Perkins+Will.