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Panola College, Health and Natural Sciences Building


Project Stats


Panola College - Carthage, Texas


65,000 SF 


American School & University Magazine, Architectural Portfolio: Outstanding Design: Post Secondary 


Higher Education


Interior Design

Hands-on simulations to mimic a workforce environment.

To support the college’s increasing health professional enrollment in the fast-growing community of Panola County, Texas, Panola College's new Health and Natural Sciences building was designed to consolidate programs and add more classroom space. Meeting the evolving needs of the college, the state-of-the-art facility provides hands-on learning through high-fidelity simulation for more realistic patient environments.

The theme "Everything is Connected" promotes the college's community-driven goals and is reflected in the overall building design. The U-shaped layout encourages engagement between instructors and students, creating optimal learning experiences custom tailored for each student. Laboratories and classroom spaces distributed throughout the building create cross-curricular opportunities for courses in anatomy, biology, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, and physical science. Six health science simulation laboratories within connected and shared instructional spaces provide students with "real-world" learning experiences.

To simulate a real-life work environment, the design team created the building’s lab spaces from lab plans used for Parkland Hospital. 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 new building serves as a campus precedent, keeping pace with the ever-changing educational needs of the growing health market.


Natural Light

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.


Corgan has does an exceptional job in working with us from the conception of a building to its actual occupation by students, faculty, and staff. They have always been extremely responsive to our needs and have in fact provided services that I think go "above and beyond" the traditional expectations of a client.

Dr. Greg Powell, President, Panola College

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