The new Leahy Hall is located in the heart of the University’s urban campus. The 111,500 sf facility will accommodate the increasing enrollment of the University’s undergraduate and graduate students and staff in its Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Exercise Science programs.
The eight-story structure is designed to LEED standards and includes classroom, research and teaching labs, office, clinical and meeting spaces for each of the three disciplines. Bringing these programs into one building fosters collaboration and interaction between the programs’ students and faculty while promoting hands-on learning and community outreach through the University’s ties with the Leahy Community Health and Family Center.
The first floor houses spaces for pediatric patients and a cafe area, while the second floor contains an open forum space and serves as the connecting floor to neighboring McGurrin Hall. Rising in a tower above these shared public elements, each academic program is accommodated on two interconnected floors, which include hospital patient rooms, an Activities of Daily Living (ADL) apartment, “Easy Street”, a replication of typical community settings for fast, adaptive patient recovery, an anatomy lab, conference rooms, faculty offices, and active learning classrooms.
The limestone, native stone and glass structure complements neighboring campus and downtown buildings and provides space for modern and advanced technology and learning spaces for students and professionals.
This facility has strategic importance in encompassing the University’s Jesuit traditions while improving and growing the already strong reputations of its academic programs. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson is working collaboratively with hemmler+camayd architects.