Gresham Smith Selected to Design New Education Building for University of Miami Medical School Students
Gresham Smith is proud to announce that the firm has been selected to provide architecture, interior design, and wayfinding services for a new seven-story, 116,000-square-foot higher education building that will serve students in the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.
Designed to meet the evolving needs of medical school students, the building will include multi-purpose classroom spaces with sky fold partitions that can retract into the ceiling to increase flexibility, offices for student affairs and professional societies, group study rooms, a library, IT help center and an administrative suite. Also included in the plans are a rooftop terrace with views to the Biscayne Bay and a covered patio on the ground floor, to give students the ability to take full advantage of the outdoors.
“As the needs of medical school students have progressed, it is crucial that we deliver a facility that will meet the level of sophistication needed,” said Healthcare Senior Vice President Luis Cano, AIA, LEED AP. “These students deserve a facility that will support the advancement of their medical education, and connect them directly with their peers, instructors and administrators. As a firm, we intend to rise to the next level in educational design.”
Using a neutral color palette and modern fixtures that mimic the architectural features, the facility presents a welcoming, cohesive atmosphere while also embracing natural light. Wood, stone, and terrazzo are celebrated throughout the space, and the University of Miami logo is prominently displayed in various areas as well.
Clear signage and wayfinding located in the elevator lobbies will establish a true front-of-house/back-of-house circulation, as many of the public spaces for students are located on the east side of the building, and the building systems, mechanical spaces, and storage closets are located on the west side. This layout will also maximize energy efficiency, as the non-student-centered spaces are strategically placed to block excessive heat gain from the afternoon sunlight. Once completed, the university and Gresham Smith will obtain a LEED Silver certification for the facility.
The groundbreaking for construction on the building will be held in July 2022.