Oakland University


Human Health Building

Rochester, Michigan

160,000 GSF, 14,864 M2

Architecture, Engineering, Environmental Science, Interior Architecture, Lab Planning, Landscape Architecture, Programming

40th Annual ESD Construction and Design Awards, Award of Merit - Architectural Engineering Integration, Best of Michigan Construction 2013

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“With the use of 3D images SmithGroupJJR has been able to communicate and provide a better understanding of how the building and spaces will work.”

—Terry Stollsteimer, AVP Facilities Management


Designed to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration, the Human Health Building consolidates the university's School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences under one roof, bringing together the talent and expertise of the institution's renowned academic and clinical faculty.

Housing amenities that replicate those found in hospitals and community health centers – including a public clinic, simulation labs, clinical and physical therapy labs, and distance learning – the facility provides innovative learning opportunities. In this way, it supports the university's mission of advancing knowledge through research and scholarship.

SmithGroupJJR also took the opportunity to deliver on another mission: sustainability. As Michigan's first LEED Platinum certified higher education facility, the building incorporates state-of-the-art energy systems including heat recovery, photovoltaic panels, desiccant humidification system and a geothermal field and heat pump coupled with variable-refrigerant-flow heat pumps.

Combined, these systems save 35% or more in energy costs annually when compared to a conventional building of similar size and design.

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