Sol Harris Day Architecture

The 21st century has pushed science-based careers into a new realm of expertise. Students need the most current state-of-the-art facilities to aid in complex scientific and technological studies. Graduate level careers in medical and science related fields are on the rise and so is Walsh University's enrollment in these demanding majors, increasing 150% from 2005 to 2014. Walsh University has seized the opportunity to merge the existing Timken Natural Science Center on the east side (originally design by SHD) to a new two-story, 41,000 sf Center for Science Innovation, giving Walsh University an additional 15,000 sf of classroom and research lab space.

Services

  • Master Planning
  • Space Utilization
  • Estimating/Scheduling
  • Visualizations and Graphics
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design

The sciences are a key educational focus area at Walsh, and the exponential growth and expansion of our science programs over the last several years has led to a critical need for additional space that the new building will provide.

Richard Jusseaume, President, Walsh University

Building Organization

To provide for the expanding educational science needs, new and innovative laboratories and learning spaces have been incorporated that encompass specialties in Human Anatomy and Tissue Culture, Chemistry, Physics, Occupational Therapy and Exercise Sciences. Additional classrooms for general instruction have been designed into the first level while faculty offices will be part of both the first and second levels to support the new wing's educational and staff services.

SōL Harris/Day teamed with BCJ, a nationally-recognized laboratory planning and design specialist, to design the specialty science labs.

Technology + Innovation

Walsh University is one of only 116 institutions worldwide to own an Anatomage Table. In fact, Walsh owns two, joining an elite group of medical schools around the world to own this advanced technology. This Table is comparable to an oversized 7-foot iPad. With the touch of a finger, students can control a virtual scalpel to dissect the life-size body image at any angle to show layers of muscle, veins, organs and bones, all in stunning detail in a multitude of perspectives.

Highlights

  • Capitalized on previous SHD design and future planning of the Natural Science Center, which provided this new science center addition a significant cost savings and reduced construction schedule
  • Project scope on this new science lab annex addition involved the merge of the Timken Natural Science facilities into one two-story, 41,000 sf science technology center
  • Incorporated research labs that encompass specialties in Human Anatomy and Tissue Culture, Chemistry, Physics, Occupational Therapy and Exercise Sciences
  • Included additional classrooms for general instruction and spaces for faculty offices that are easily accessible to students on both floors
  • Worked closely with local contractors to fast track the science project by utilizing early bid packages for site, foundation and steel

We have been blessed to have dedicated classroom/laboratory space designed specifically for the needs of our programs. The new center itself definitely enhances learning for all of our science and healthcare students.

Dr. Pamela Ritzline, Division Chair of Health Sciences, Walsh University

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