The renovated University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library has become an integral part of a new collaborative teaching model for one of the top medical schools in the country. The LEED Gold Certified project rejuvenated the largely windowless 5-story brick building. A transformed exterior offers much-needed transparency with a high-performing glass curtain wall that blends with the surrounding medical complex.
Students and faculty now enjoy a range of flexible study and meeting spaces including collaboration labs, learning studios, and simulation suites. A café and lounge encourages interdisciplinary collaboration. Careful planning of the clinical skills suite created an entire floor of scalable teaching and support spaces along with an increased number of simulation rooms for all U-M health science students. Students can also practice in 30 realistic patient care rooms. Design of interior spaces, such as inviting, double-height, naturally lit lounges, takes advantage of the new exterior transparency.