To meet Southern Oregon’s growing demand for skilled healthcare providers, Rogue Community College built a new $21M education center at its Table Rock Campus near Medford. The Health Professions Center includes instructional programs ranging from sterile processing to nursing. Designed to inspire the collaborative development of a prepared workforce, the facility allows students to learn in a variety of low-fi and high-fi simulated healthcare settings and work with actual patients in an operational dental hygiene clinic.
The building and program are designed to engage students in real-world work environments that promote hands-on learning and feature cutting-edge technology and equipment. Flexible study and breakout spaces encourage team-based learning, with health professions programs intentionally mixed to breakdown academic silos. Faculty are grouped together in a “faculty commons” to encourage cross-discipline engagement. The building’s clear conceptual diagram captures views of the neighboring Table Rocks and Cascade mountains to facilitate easy wayfinding and foster a sense of place. A high-performing building envelope, passive shading, low-water landscape, and rooftop solar panels provide the college and community an efficient, low-maintenance, and long-lasting facility.
As lead allied health building architects, Hennebery Eddy partnered with local executive architect Kistler+Small+White. The 38,000-square-foot building joins the TRC Building and the recently renovated High-Tech Center to finalize the first phase of the campus master plan (also designed by Hennebery Eddy and Kistler+Small+White).
The Health Professions Center opened in fall 2020. Grand opening video courtesy RCC.