Florida State College at Jacksonville North Campus Simulation Laboratory

  • Joseph C. Bucci

    Joseph C. Bucci AIA, NCARB

    Senior Architect Contact
Location
Jacksonville, U.S.A
Client
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Market/Expertise
Services
Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) required an expanded and updated space for its Medical and Nursing Simulation Center at the North Campus. GS&P renovated and expanded an old culinary lab to provide several simulation labs, as well as provided planning for future expansion. The new simulation lab provides state-of-the-art models of hospital exam rooms, patient rooms and staff corridors. Future plans include dedicated space for simulated ED, home care, EMS and labor and delivery.

GS&P worked closely with FSCJ to determine how it would use the space in order to optimize layout and set up observation spaces for staff. The end result is a simulation lab that creates more one-on-one interaction with faculty, while instilling confidence and independence in students. There is an adjacent room with one-way mirrors where faculty can coach students. The collaborative space also integrates cutting-edge technology including a speaker system that allows faculty to communicate with students via the mannequins used during simulations.

The primary goal was – onstage and offstage – to immerse students in the patient experience in order to aid their transition from academia to the hospital environment. To do this required a certain departure from traditional academic building design and the additional healthcare expertise of the GS&P team. The doors to the lab are sliding glass like those encountered in an ICU. Other hospital-like amenities including simulated medical air and oxygen, patient monitoring, and interior finishes contribute to the realistic hospital environment experience. Since this is not a true healthcare environment, the design team was challenged to adapt hospital equipment for collegiate application. GS&P worked with SLAM Collaborative to develop  the initial conceptual planning and programming. 
Share This Page: