James Madison University

Health & Behavioral Studies Building

Building Facts

  • 150,000 GSF
  • LEED Silver design
  • 16 research labs
  • 20 classrooms
  • 22 teaching lab
  • 1 health clinic
  • 2 165-seat lecture halls
  • Patient simulation lab
  • Occupational therapy
  • Dietetics
  • Athletic training
  • Communication science disorders
  • Social work
  • Food production lab
  • Hearing clinic

The new interprofessional facility is designed to prepare students for today’s team-oriented healthcare work environment. The design creates a natively landscaped, pedestrian-oriented campus gathering place on the south while negotiating a full floor of topographic rise to the north. In accordance with the precinct master plan, the building fulfills the University’s aesthetic and campus goals of extending the historic Bluestone campus and creating a new, formal community entrance.

The facility is organized so that no single department dominates a floor. Dynamic signature learning spaces are distributed throughout the building along primary circulation routes, giving each department a distinct identity and facilitating interprofessional collaboration. Research labs designed to support faculty research provide opportunities for student research and hands-on learning. The building also serves the community through a separately zoned and easily accessible Speech and Hearing Clinic, exposing students to real-life clinical situations.