MIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY THERAPY INSITITUTE
Supporting Midwestern University’s degrees in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Clinical Psychology, Low Vision Rehabilitation, Sports Vision Training, Vision Therapy, and Speech-Language Pathology, the public-focused Therapy Institute includes both inter-disciplinary practice areas and highly customized innovative spaces. As medical research moves from animal-based to more robust simulation and computing models, the research labs are equipped to make the transition with ease, leading to a more sustainable research environment.
The CAREN simulator in this building was one of only six in the country at the time of construction, providing advanced diagnostics and therapy options. The research portion of the building houses a vivarium that includes some BSL-3 lab space. This building combines clinical space for the public and local community with a significant research component. The challenge of separating the vivarium with its biosecurity, sound and vibration isolation needs from the public realm without losing operational efficiencies resulted in a unique building with two distinct entrances and a specialized vertical transportation core with separate floor access authorizations.
This was a fast-track project with the shell and vivarium permitted and constructed separately from the therapy clinic interiors. Our partnership with the local authorities and the contractor allowed this phasing to proceed as required by the accreditation schedule.
DWL has been the sole design partner for Midwestern University since 1995 and we are proud of the amazing campus we have fostered for the healthcare leaders of tomorrow.