Consolidated Health Sciences Building at George C. Wallace Community College
Size: 100,000 sf
The George C. Wallace Community College (GCWCC) Health Science Building comprises seven fully-accredited programs (Associate Degree Nursing, Emergency Medical Services, Medical Assisting, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, and Respiratory Therapist) housed under one roof for the first time, allowing for unprecedented collaboration and resource sharing among the programs. The programs were previously spread among five buildings on the college campus in Dothan. Architects at GMC designed the 100,000 square-foot consolidated health sciences building that contains classroom space, study rooms, a 48-seat computer lab, skills labs, patient rooms, an ambulance simulator, a mock apartment, x-ray rooms, the Health Science Resource Center and the Health Science Simulation Center. The Health Science Simulation Center is an important part of the new facility and is the home of one of the largest collection of simulators in the state. The three-story, three-wing structure will enhance the college’s current programs by making them more functional and providing students and faculty access to the most up-to-date technology, in addition to paving the way for future expansion of the allied health programs, allowing GCWCC to meet the demands of the ever-changing healthcare market. Thirteen different healthcare simulators, located in patient rooms, are equipped with digital recording systems that allow for storage, playback and transmission of various clinical scenarios controlled by instructors who observe the students’ progress from behind one-way mirrors. Simulator scenarios can mimic a myriad of physical conditions, letting students experience situations like cardiac emergencies, trauma events, respiratory crises, or even the birthing process.
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