To meet Southern Oregon’s growing demand for skilled healthcare providers, Rogue Community College is building a $21M education center at its Table Rock Campus near Medford. The Health Professions Center will include instructional programs ranging from sterile processing to nursing. Designed to inspire the collaborative development of a prepared workforce, the facility will allow 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 will encourage team-based learning, with health professions programs intentionally mixed to breakdown academic silos. Faculty will be 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 will provide the college and community an efficient, low-maintenance, and long-lasting facility.
As lead allied health building architects, Hennebery Eddy is partnered with local executive architect Kistler+Small+White. The 38,000-square-foot building will join the TRC Building and the newly renovated High-Tech Center to finalize the first phase of the campus master plan (also designed by Hennebery Eddy). The project broke ground in March 2019 and is scheduled to open for classes in fall 2020.