Bellevue College Health Sciences Building

Bellevue, Washington

Project Size:

70,500 square feet

Project Status:

Completed 2015

LEED Status:

Certified LEED New Construction Gold

Vision
Bellevue College’s state-of-the-art health sciences facility brings together professional training programs to prepare students for a career in healthcare through simulated real-world experience. For the first time on campus, classmates can study nursing, radiation technology, diagnostic ultrasound and nuclear medicine technology -- all in one location -- in pursuit of a four-year nursing degree. Designed to accommodate growth, this highly specialized and immersive learning environment positions Bellevue College at the forefront of higher education in addressing some of today’s most critical workforce needs.

Site and Program
The new 70,500-square-foot building is located near the campus’ main entrance, demonstrating the importance and broad reach of Bellevue College’s health sciences curriculum. The nursing program gains the benefit of two dedicated labs with 20 hospital beds and a five-room medical simulation lab that uses high-tech mannequins for instruction. This highly interactive, sophisticated approach offers students and instructors realistic and engaging scenario-based environments to develop clinical decision-making skills. To serve the full range of disciplines, the building program includes a collection of inter-dependent learning spaces: 

  • Neurodiagnostic technology lab – the only one of its kind in the region;

  • Two radiology labs with x-ray machines and separate rooms for observation and control;

  • Radiation therapy lab with advanced 3D simulation treatment machines;

  • Plebotomy lab;

  • Classroom, lecture and meeting spaces;

  • Offices for faculty and staff in the College’s Health Science, Education and Wellness Institute.

Design
Situated on a sloping site with a rain garden, the design positions the building to help frame the central main entrance to the campus. The building is carefully composed in its exterior systems to provide extensive natural daylight, while also offering appropriate shading to prevent glare. The highly collaborative nature of the nursing and imaging programs are further expressed in a two-story student study space that links instructional areas with faculty offices. Numerous gathering spaces are located throughout the building. Featuring daylight and views to the outside, these spaces function as the heart of the community experience. Modeling criteria for healthy living, the building was designed to achieve LEED Gold certification and features geothermal heating/cooling, recycled and regionally-sourced materials, a green roof, and water-efficient landscaping.