Allied Health Nursing Center, American River College
Located on the American River College Campus, the Allied Health Nursing Center is a new facility for the college’s Allied Health program. Replacing the program’s aging portable buildings, the project created a group of permanent structures organized in a “’village-like” setting along a centrally landscaped courtyard. The project contains faculty and student service offices, classrooms and laboratory spaces, including computer aided pneumatic patient simulators in a full-scale hospital floor mock-up lab. The varied building orientations accommodate natural day lighting and existing campus circulation patterns. The village concept allows for a diversity of spaces and individual program identity among the larger campus. The new buildings accent the main campus’ architectural vocabulary though similar building materials while articulating smaller scale and variation of windows, roof forms and colors. The sequence of arrival from the main campus is a meandering path through existing canopied trees and contoured landscaping.