The design-build team of Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction, HED and architecture firm The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) has announced the start of construction on a health sciences complex at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), in the US.
The new nine-acre complex is expected to involve an investment of $134m.
It will include a five-storey, 135,111ft² building for the Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences and the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute, and a four-storey, 77,028ft² building for the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing.
Both facilities are expected to open in 2022.
University of California, Irvine Health Affairs vice-chancellor Steve Goldstein said: “These two new buildings, part of our expanded health sciences campus, are designed to foster the creation of the diverse healthcare workforce of tomorrow.
“The facilities are built to enable interprofessional education and a future of team-based care that benefits from healthcare providers that operate in synchrony to support health and wellness.”
Design strategies for the new buildings by HED and SLAM on the UCI campus were influenced by biophilia and attention to wellness.
The overall mission of the complex and schools is supported by occupant access to light, air, views of vegetation and water, and other considerations.
A 150-seat auditorium, a central courtyard, landscape design elements, a zen garden and a 600ft-long wellness walk form part of the health science complex.
For the construction of the College of Health Sciences building, Susan and Henry Samueli donated $200m.
In addition, the William and Sue Gross Family Foundation committed $40m to the university for the establishment of a nursing school and assistance in the construction of a new building to accommodate it.