Appalachian State University
Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences
Appalachian State University is a public university that was founded in 1899. As part of the University of North Carolina System, it enrolls more than 19,000 students annually and offers more than 150 undergraduate programs and 70 graduate programs.
Our client needed a new facility to support academic programs such as Communicative Science and Disorders, Nutrition and Healthcare Management, Social Work, and Health and Exercise Science. They also wanted a location for the Blue Cross North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services Interprofessional Health Clinic to provide clinical services.
We engineered systems to support the multiple uses of space, including 27 high-tech and innovative labs such as nursing simulation, sleep studies, an environmental chamber, and public health. Systems included fire sprinklers, plumbing, HVAC, power, lighting, site lighting, security, access control, fire alarm, and telecommunications. Special systems include cadaver equipment, lab exhaust, hood exhaust, deionized water, acid waste, vacuum, simulated medical gas, kitchen hood exhaust makeup, simulated nurse call, site lighting, lighting protection, and academic cameras.
This new facility achieved LEED Silver certification for its energy performance, indoor environmental quality, water efficiency, sustainability, construction waste management and innovation in design. It also won the 2019 Building North Carolina Award in the Public Project category based on design, innovation, and impact on the community.