UC Davis Medical Center’s new 70,000 SF Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing of health sciences education embodies the latest in innovative learning environments and transformative educational technology.

The Sextant Group provided planning and design services for audiovisual and IT/Telecom, which included a number of medical simulation labs and a flexible learning commons designed for collaboration. “Our team is delighted with the state-of-the-art learning spaces and emerging technologies in the new facility,” says Principal Tim Waters. “Our technology vision truly came alive. The outcome is a genuinely inspiring space where UC Davis students collaborate and influence the future of health care.”

Located on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis, the building boasts a multitude of large and small active-learning classrooms with lecture capture systems and propeller-shaped tables equipped with flat panel displays. The facility includes an outdoor 125-seat community event and guest lecture plaza with an infrastructure enabling audio and video overflow from the adjacent 175-seat active learning classroom. For clinical education there is a hospital ward simulation suite, high-fidelity sim lab, skills training room, and 15 mock primary care exam rooms. All contain multiple cameras and microphones that permit recording of student learning activities that enable debriefs after simulation to discuss actions taken during patient engagement. The state-of-the art facility also includes an executive conference/seminar room and academic/research conference rooms.

President Mark Valenti comments, “Our team envisioned and designed a facility that will engage future health professionals. The building absolutely supports inter-professional education, which we now know is key in positively influencing future learning outcomes.”

The project is pending LEED certification. Take a virtual tour here.

Image courtesy of UC Regents.