Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Opens Its Building Outward to Showcase Activity, Connect to Community

FULFILLING THE MISSION OF THE INSTITUTION

The addition allowed the school to create a true hub of school life for the first time: a place where the whole school could gather to hear guest speakers or where students, who primarily work in groups, can find each other. The school’s hidden gem had always been an outdoor courtyard space, but it had been hard to access from the interior. The new hub opens directly onto this courtyard. Both the hub and courtyard are now visible across a diagonal as one enters the building. Student collaboration spaces face onto the hub at both levels.

THE SCHOOL HUB’S FOCAL POINT IS A LARGE MURAL WITH THE SCHOOL OF NURSING CREED AND CREST.

The hub’s focal point is a large mural with the school of nursing creed and crest. It is a colorful physical manifestation of the mission. The hub is designed in layers of transparency and acoustical privacy. The group study rooms located directly on the hub are enclosed in interior storefront and do not have doors. As you move further away from the hub, the collaborative study rooms include doors and eventually a multipurpose enclosed classroom.

A NEW CENTER FOR RESEARCH AND SYMPOSIA

For the first time, the School of Nursing can host research activities and symposia in its building, allowing the broader medical community and city that the school serves to visit. The hub, in conjunction with new conferencing rooms, creates a gathering “ecosystem”. Smaller spaces allow community groups to participate in research activities. For the first time, funded research spaces are within the main building, allowing students greater access to prominent researchers and their work.

The research commons is designed around flexibility and efficiency of research teams. The design is based around groupings of three that can expand and contract as research grant fundings ebb and flow. Although the commons is airy and open, it incorporates the required privacy and security requirements for research. This commons concept is new to the school and will allow students to see and participate in research activities.

A FUTURE-BUILT SCHOOL

Redesigned to accommodate a new generation of nursing students, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing embraces the local neighborhood to create a campus that is open to students and the community alike. This technology-rich, next-generation nursing school carefully considers its students, enlivens its surrounding community and creates an environment where students can prepare to face the many challenges of today’s health-care system.

PHOTOS: Robert Benson Photography, courtesy Hord Coplan Macht

Retrofit Team

ARCHITECTS: William Rawn Associates and Hord Coplan Macht

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Hope Furrer Associates

CIVIL ENGINEER: RK&K

GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Gilbane

AV/IT: Spexsys

THE NEW HUB OPENS DIRECTLY ONTO THE COURTYARD. BOTH THE HUB AND COURTYARD ARE NOW VISIBLE ACROSS A DIAGONAL AS ONE ENTERS THE BUILDING.

LIGHTING CONSULTANT: MAG-Lighting Design

INTERIOR DESIGNER AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Hord Coplan Macht

Materials

CEILINGS: Rockfon North America

WOOD WALL & CEILING PANELS: Navy Island

LIGHT FIXTURES: SPI Lighting, 3G Lighting and Focal Point

INTERIOR STOREFRONT: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope

CARPET TILE: Shaw Contract

FLOOR TILE (HUB): Architessa

LUXURY VINYL TILE: Armstrong Flooring

PAINT: Sherwin-Williams

LAMINATE: Formica

SOLID SURFACING: Dupont Corian Quartz

UPHOLSTERY: Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering and Designtex

CUSTOM GRAPHICS: 3M

LOUNGE FURNITURE: Herman Miller Inc., Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, OFS and Coalesse

STOOLS, BAR-HEIGHT TABLES (STUDY CUBE): Steelcase Inc.

TABLES: KI and OFS

ADDITIONAL SEATING: Kimball and Herman Miller

About the Author

Paul Lund, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Paul Lund, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, a principal at Hord Coplan Macht, focuses on the programming, planning, design and management of collegiate facilities, including renovations to accommodate academic programs in existing facilities.

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