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Wellness Center and Residence Hall
Brown University
Providence, RI

This new center for health services on campus includes a 162 bed residence hall with a holistic approach to student wellness. On the lower levels, the co-located student services include a clinical area with 20+ exam rooms, a counseling and psychological services department, administrative suite, radiology department, laboratory, pharmacy, suite for the BWell program (health promotion center) and a student led EMS department. On the upper floors, student bedrooms are organized in pod-style arrangements of single bedrooms, as well as several 4 person suites – all with optimum views of the adjacent Pembroke Field.

The design of the building is centered on a holistic approach to wellness and well-being, which translates to literal ingredients for sustainable design. The building structure is a hybrid system of steel framing and CLT (cross-laminated timber) which is left exposed and provides building residents with natural wood ceilings. The interior environment is infused with this commitment to well-being and connects users to several outdoor courtyard rooms to further amplify the healing aspects of direct access to nature. Public program on the lower levels is referred to as areas for “fusion,” where residents, students, patients, staff and clinicians can come together as a larger community centered on well-being. These flexible spaces include conference areas, a community kitchen and a large convening room and can support communal activities, workshops, and meetings.

The project is designed to LEED v4 Silver standards and uses newer certification systems such as FitWel and Well as guidelines for design of healthy buildings.

2021 Design-Build Institute of America-New England Award