Higher Ed - Education

Panola College Health and Natural Sciences Building

Health and Natural Sciences Building, Panola College

  • Size: 65,000 SF
  • Services provided: Full service planning, architecture and interior design
  • Project type: new construction
  • American School & University Magazine, Architectural Portfolio, Outstanding Design (2017)

Hands-on simulations to mimic a workforce environment.

Due to the College's large health professional enrollment and the county's growing market, the new Health and Natural Sciences Building supports the growth while consolidating programs. The new building serves as a campus precedent, reflecting the evolving goals of the College. The u-shaped layout encourages engagement between instructors and students, creating optimal customization for each student.

Laboratories and classroom spaces for anatomy, biology, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, physical science are distributed throughout the building, creating cross-curricular opportunities. Six health science simulation laboratories with connected shared instructional spaces allow students to have "real-world" experiences. Designed to mimic a hospital environment, students are assigned scenario simulations that utilize the building's state-of-the-art technology and reinforce safety procedures.

The student-focused design allows each office to be outward-facing, creating faculty visibility and accessibility. Specific attention was paid to optimizing the building's exterior, all-glass envelope, not only for aesthetic effect and energy performance, but to protect science rooms from damaging natural light.