Shen Milsom & Wilke provided consulting expertise for audiovisual and healthcare IT services for Northern Kentucky University’s Institute for Health Innovation. This project included 2 main components: the renovation of Founders Hall and the addition of a new 5 story building that together became the Institute for Health Innovation. This new facility includes contemporary, highly flexible and collaborative teaching spaces, simulation labs, a vivarium, a forum, community space, cafeteria, study spaces, administrative spaces and faculty offices.
With the project well under design, SM&W was called on to press the boundaries in educational advancements to build upon NKU’s goals in medical education. SM&W was engaged during early construction administration to verify the program infrastructure, space planning and workflow for the facility. This needed to be accomplished in a condensed time frame to allow progress toward systems specification and construction, all within the larger project schedule. The design team, both CO Architects and GBBN Architects, needed to allow for substantial growth and expansion into the latest healthcare trends. SM&W’s experience in healthcare and educational technologies allowed the team to guide and formulate plans to accommodate day-one pedagogies and curriculum while keeping an eye on future technologies and trends. Our team developed technology options that afforded each department to develop new curriculum, in addition to creating a networked solution of support and data flow that responds to simulation technologies.