Methodist University Thomas R. McLean Health Sciences Building
Methodist University | Fayetteville, NC
The Methodist University Health
Sciences Building houses the academic programs for the departments of Physical
Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Applied Exercise Science, and Athletic Training.
The two story building is located at the main gateway to the campus, and links
an existing health sciences district back to the campus core and out to the
campus’ natural wooded environment—an appropriate relationship for a school
focused on health. The building features a range of human performance labs with
sophisticated video capture, therapy pools, flexible classrooms, a mock-up
apartment, a pediatric mobility clinic, and departmental offices. These
elements are organized around a two story atrium that acts as the social center
of the building, as well as a welcoming beacon for visitors entering the
campus. The atrium connects to spacious
corridors that provide informal meeting spaces and common ground for the
various academic departments. The sun washed corridors line the interior of the
L-shaped building, framing the mobility courtyard, which offers a range of
mobility challenges to support the academic and research functions of the
health sciences programs. The courtyard is made up of a series of connected
outdoor rooms, each with a unique character, that transition from formal built
spaces down to the woodland edge.
The building facades facing the main campus are clad in brick and
cast-stone to match the existing campus’ architectural character. Large windows
in framed openings identify the building as an academic anchor, while the
atrium suggests the connection through to the courtyard and the natural
environment. Parking for 100 cars is tucked into the existing landscape.
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