At 202,000 gross square feet, the Health Sciences Education Center is one of the most comprehensive interprofessional education facilities in the country. HSEC's focus is on active, team-based learning in small-group environments, and has been designed to transform health education in Minnesota. The new facility offers places to connect, collaborate and communicate across the health sciences.
Located on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus at the intersection of Harvard and Delaware streets, HSEC connects and extends into the Phillips-Wangensteen Building (PWB).
Badges are required for all students, consistent with the expectations across the health science buildings. An extensive network of security cameras and motion detectors will be in place. Programmable card readers will be used for access to elevators and some rooms depending on the time of day. See building hours.
- Wifi capacity will allow for 4+ devices per person and should be reliable and consistent throughout the building.
- Electric power should support 4+ devices person.
- Computers, white boards (portable), projectors and screens will be available in teaching/learning spaces.
- Library makerspace, and virtual reality and augmented reality (see library details below).
7TH FLOOR HSEC - IP LOUNGE, CLASSROOMS, EVENT SPACE
- Interprofessional student lounge
- Flexible space that can be used for classes, computerized testing, events, two rooms can be combined for 400+ seats, small catering support space
- 60 seats of open study space in a variety of configurations
- Center for Health Interprofessional Program (CHIP) staff office and meeting space for student groups
- Wellness studio for yoga, etc.
- 1 Wellness/Lactation room, 1 Gender Neutral restroom
6TH FLOOR HSEC - INPATIENT SIMULATION
- 7 flexible fully immersive inpatient simulation rooms, varying sizes
- Acute care suite
- 2 Operating rooms
- Trauma simulation suite
- Nurse station, med prep room, anteroom for infection control scenarios, patient bathroom.
- Air and vacuum ports on the Sim Hospital headwalls are fully functional; the oxygen port will have regular air. Any equipment requiring true oxygen will use a portable oxygen tank.
- Control rooms for recording
- 4 Brief and de‐brief rooms with 16 seats, flexible furniture
- Technology trainer room for simulation training
- Wet/dry trainer station room with adjacent lab support room
- Innovation Partner Discovery Room – for presentations by outside groups
- Simulation workshop
- Storage (simulation storage needs are very high, manikins, wheelchairs, hospital beds, gurneys require a lot of space)
- Faculty and staff office space
- 40 seats of open study space in a variety of configurations
5TH FLOOR PWB - HEALTH SCIENCE LIBRARY
- Circulation/help desk
- Faculty Commons – where faculty can explore new teaching methods and experiment with the same technology that is in the classrooms
- Computer Visualization Lab‐ seats 30, with technology rich infrastructure for manipulating large data, i.e. study world epidemics
- Six (6) One‐button studios, where students and faculty can record their own presentations, very user friendly
- 28 computer workstations ‐ for general use
- Three (3) consult rooms where library staff can meet with faculty, staff and students on special projects and two (2) small group study rooms
- Office space for library staff
- Small percentage of book and materials stacks will be housed in lower level of PWB, majority of materials will be stored off‐campus but available on short notice.
5TH FLOOR HSEC - SIMULATION AND HEALTH SCIENCES LIBRARY
- 18 outpatient exam rooms
- Standardized patient orientation/breakroom for 24 participants
- Monitoring/control A/V rooms
- Two (2) 24 seat Brief/Debrief multi‐use rooms where students can review their performance and receive feedback from faculty and peers
- Virtual Reality studio
- Maker Space with 3D printers
- Quiet study room with 155 seats
- Open study space with 60 seats
4TH FLOOR PWB AND HSEC - SMALL GROUP ROOMS, STUDY
- Vertical connection between floors 2, 3, 4 and 5 on south side of PWB plus horizontal connection to HSEC.
- Six (6) small group teaching/study rooms, 16 seats per room
- Open study spaces with 48 seats
3RD FLOOR PWB - CLASSROOMS, STUDENT SERVICES
- 4 classrooms with movable tables and chairs, accommodates 32‐50 seats per room, ability to combine two rooms
- Health Sciences “Front Door” office space for Student Services, Financial Aid, Recruitment, Visitors
- Renovated main lobby to accommodate patient waiting from clinics and 10 person conference room
3RD FLOOR HSEC - MAIN LOBBY, CLASSROOMS, FOOD SERVICE
- Street level entrance into 2‐story lobby space
- 144 seat collaborative bi‐level active learning classroom to support group collaboration, 18 fixed tables of 8 students per table, movable chairs, 8 flat panel displays where students can share their work.
- 206 seat shallow tired active learning auditorium to supports group collaboration as well as lecture style instruction or presentations.
- 170 seats of open study space in a variety of configurations
- Food service area (Dunn Bros Coffee) on south end, with exterior seating on plaza for warmer months
2ND FLOOR PWB - SEMINAR ROOMS, WANGENSTEEN HISTORICAL COLLECTION, INTERPROFESSIONAL STUDENT LOCKERS
- 5 Seminar/large group study rooms, 16 seats per room, with video conferencing to enable distance learning with other campuses
- 5 small group study rooms, 4 seats per room
- 85 seats of open study space in various configurations
- New interprofessional student locker space
- Wangensteen Historical Collection – offices, preservation area, reading room and conference room with 64 – 100 seats (The actual collection will be stored on the basement level of PWB)
2ND FLOOR HSEC - ACTIVE LEARNING CLASSROOMS
- 135 seat active learning distance classroom, 9 students per table, supports programs that have a presence in Duluth and Rochester
- 144 seat active learning divisible distance classroom, 9 students per table, supports programs that have a presence in Duluth and Rochester
- 4 Seminar/large group study rooms with 14 – 16 seats
- 2 Small group study rooms with 8 seats/room
- 2 Wellness/lactation rooms
- Provides connection to tunnel that connects the parking ramp with the hospital
Gender neutral bathrooms are available on the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 7th floors.
Building Guiding Principles
Guiding principles developed for the building
HSEC exemplifies our commitment to excellence in teaching and supports active learning. Within the 202,000 square foot building, HSEC contains 14 active learning classrooms with a combined capacity of 882 students.
The design of active learning classrooms encourages student interaction with each other and with the instructors. It is ideal for small group work and problem solving. It does not favor the use of lengthy lectures for teaching. Instructors who use lecture as their main teaching approach will need to include active learning as part of their everyday teaching.
Luckily, there are plenty of models for effectively transitioning a course using primarily lecture to active learning. There are support resources available for faculty members to transition to an active learning classroom. Additionally, there are resources, such as the Center for Educational Innovation and Teaching Support @UMN that can support faculty with this process.
Different task forces met to define guiding principles for HSEC. These are listed below.
Access and Security
- Access to spaces should prioritize the interprofessional and interdisciplinary missions of the academic health sciences Schools and Colleges and Health Sciences Library, with a specific focus on educating the next generation of health professionals.
- Access should be easy for all health sciences students of all identities and abilities, and hours should be responsive to user needs.
- Access to and within the Center will be balanced with security and safety requirements.
- These principles apply to overall building access with specific exemptions of the Health Sciences Library and Simulation spaces with unique client needs.
- Technology and furnishings should support interprofessional and active learning
- Technology infrastructure should reflect building capacity and multiple devices per person.
- Technology decisions will be made based on current and anticipated future needs with the full recognition that it will change and need replacement.
- Adaptability will be an important selection criteria.
- Technology in rooms must be easily understood, accessible and ready for teaching.
- Technology Support is critical to the success of HSEC.
- New and expanded technology capabilities will require new and expanded services.
- There will be a balance between access and security and we should do our best to lean towards access.
- Effective communication will support the success of HSEC.
- Scheduling practices should prioritize the interprofessional and interdisciplinary missions of the academic health sciences Schools and Colleges
- Priority will be given to courses that are transformed for active learning.
- The space needs for a given course will be prioritized/determined at the college/program unit
- Scheduling of HSEC and other academic health sciences classrooms will be done through centrally supported systems that tie to PeopleSoft (currently Astra Schedule). This is to ensure course activity is directly linked to other student records.
- Scheduling should reflect endorsed protocols and maximize use. This includes scheduling times will follow the University standard meeting times and meeting times should reflect actual room use.
Student services space should be used to support students from the Health Sciences schools who are learners in the building.