The Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences will be a 140,000 square foot building with classroom, lecture, and office space on four floors. Designed by Indianapolis architectural firms Schmidt Associates and BSA LifeStructures, the building is being designed to LEED Gold standards (LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council). Key features include a white roof, rain gardens to manage storm water, bike racks and lanes to support alternative transportation, and building materials selected to emphasize recycled sources. In addition, the demolition of existing buildings on the site will emphasize reclaiming as much of those materials as possible for recycling.
Inside the building, the learning environment will emphasize computer instruction and assessment. All classroom instruction will be captured digitally and made available via a digital archive. Students will be able to access all instructional content from any setting, even if they are working in a hospital or clinic hundreds of miles away. Teleconferencing capability will allow medical students and doctors to consult with each other in a virtual environment.
Modern patient simulation centers are planned for both medical and nursing students, and the building will have many small group seminar and study rooms. An anatomy lab and osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) lab will fill the basement space. Classrooms, two lecture halls, and the admission office will occupy the first floor. Study space and the simulation rooms, which duplicate hospital and clinic treatment areas for teaching and assessment of student skills and competencies, will occupy the second floor. The third floor will feature offices and conference rooms.