Creating an interdisciplinary health sciences experience

Mary Baldwin University
Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences

Fishersville, Virginia

Mary Baldwin University leadership knew they had a unique opportunity as they began to design the new Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences. The vision for the School is to become a national model for health sciences education and community transformation, offering an innovative interprofessional atmosphere to attract the best students, faculty and collaborative partners. The University engaged Kahler Slater as the health sciences education architect to create a state-of-the-art home for their new programs.

The building is the flagship facility for Mary Baldwin’s second campus, created to provide new opportunities for students and establish them as a leader in Health Science Education. With a focus on interprofessional collaboration and sharing of knowledge, the facility features active learning classrooms, a simulation suite, human anatomy cadaver lab, clinical labs, research spaces, and formal and informal gathering places. The building creates opportunities for students and faculty from all four programs to work together, sharing of knowledge through research and applied learning experiences giving students a broader understanding of health care and more accurately reflects the environments in which they will ultimately work.

Powerful Results

Pass Rate on Class of 2020’s National Boards
in Student Critical Thinking with addition of Active Learning Classrooms
Outstanding Design
American School & University Magazine Educational Interiors Award, 2016
Bronze Award
American Society of Interior Designers Wisconsin Chapter, 2015