URMC Center for Experiential Learning

Friday, December 6, 2013

The University of Rochester engaged SWBR to design a Phase one renovation of over 37,000 SF of the Center for Experiential Learning.  This phase included the renovation of 12,000 SF of existing space into four new state-of-the-art classrooms that have the flexibility to open into two large classrooms.  Also included are two adjacent work rooms for student education sessions, as well as, renovations to the public access space to create an identity for the program. 

The center, which is located in the UR School of Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital, recently held an open house to showcase the changes and updates which will better prepare UR medical and nursing students for modern-day medicine.

"This project has a lot of hands on, a lot of use of technology and more collaborative learning," said Dr. David Lambert, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Student Education. Work on what will be an $18 million to $20 million makeover began in June and is expected to be completed by 2016. Wednesday's open house marked the completion of the first phase of this project — and this area can now be used on a regular basis by students.

Gone are the work areas with Bunsen burner connections of old-time labs. A microscope could be spotted in the corner of the room, but students now use Apple iPads that can display digital slides.

The large rooms, which can be sectioned into smaller ones, are equipped with the latest in video equipment that allows faculty and students to watch on a big screen students interviewing patients played by members of the community in a nearby room.

SWBR is proud to be a part of this project and the great medical advances it hopes to foster in the near future.

Find out more about the Center for Experiential Learning here