New Moravian College building blends history with tech future (PHOTOS) –

The design of the entrance of Moravian College's new well being sciences building is a nod to its 275-year history whereas the rear appears to be like to the college's future.

For months, the 55,000-square-ft Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Middle for Well being Sciences has been rising on Important Road as a brand new gateway to the east campus.

On Thursday, school officers supplied a sneak peak of the $23 million building slated to open in July.

The exterior of the building is clad in a mixture of trendy glass, purple brick and stonework that mimics Comenius Corridor. On each side, the design is anchored by a Dutch gambrel roof -- a characteristic widespread in Moravian constructions, school President Bryon Grigsby stated.

Quickly Moravian will cling a 500-pound, eight-ft-tall, glass Moravian star in a glass tower atop the third flooring that can be seen from Important and Broad streets.

"We assume the star can be a beacon, a lantern for the realm," Grigsby stated.

The faculty challenged its architect ESa to design a building that was consultant of the faculty's lengthy history, whereas additionally making a signature house that says the place the campus begins, Grigsby stated.

"It additionally represents the following 275 years," he stated.

That is why the facade fronting Important Road references options present in different campus buildings, and the again -- that is the place college students enter -- is extra trendy and glass-lined.

The parking zone in entrance of the building can be transformed again to inexperienced house and a water characteristic can be put in to tie it into the remainder of the campus.

Inside, the building bears little resemblance to the Moravian of 275 years in the past. Dwelling to nursing, public well being, informatics and undergraduate well being sciences packages, the house is high-tech and crammed with mild.

A building for the future

Moravian's total enrollment is up 13 % since 2013 and its nursing program is in excessive-demand, with a 60-student ready checklist for the autumn semester, officers stated. The Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Middle is designed to accommodate a 25 % progress in this system.

The house ties in properly with the college's Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center the place athletic coaching, bodily remedy and occupational remedy college students study their fields alongside St. Luke's remedy and rehabilitation places of work. It opened final spring.

When the brand new building opens in July, the middle can have the Lehigh Valley's first digital cadaver lab. College students and professors will simulate chopping into human our bodies on a digital dissection desk that broadcasts every step onto large screens across the lab for others to observe.

"It's fairly superb," stated Gary Carney, vp of institutional development.

Dwell cadaver labs current regulatory hurdles and different challenges, like acquiring our bodies. Digital labs have come a great distance in recent times, Grigsby stated.

Clearly, surgeons must apply on actual cadavers, however a digital lab is all a bodily remedy scholar would wish, he stated. 

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The second flooring encompasses a mock hospital flooring with 12 sufferers' beds outfitted with mannequins the place college students can apply fundamental expertise.

There may be additionally a two-mattress simulation lab with robotic sufferers that may vomit, sweat and do almost something an teacher can suppose up, Grigsby stated. And there's a labor/pediatrics simulation lab with a robotic that delivers a child.

"You need your college students to expertise tough conditions with robots earlier than they expertise them with human beings," he stated.

Wedged between the 2 rooms is an commentary room the place professors management the robots and watch college students' efficiency. All the labs file video, which can be utilized to catch scholar errors and successes.

The building's group room can be used for college kids to apply delivering unhealthy information to sufferers and their households. 

Within the informatics lab, college students will discover ways to dig into large knowledge and write laptop packages.

"It's going to seem like any sort of laptop science wing at Merck or every other company setting," Grigsby stated.

However there will not be any desktop computer systems wherever within the lab, Carney stated. All Moravian freshman obtain a MacBook Professional and iPad and the campus is cloud-primarily based. College students will simply hyperlink their MacBooks with the massive laptop screens across the lab.

A becoming homage

Pupil lounge areas are tucked all through the building, however the no-shoe lounge on the third flooring with the Moravian Star towering above is likely one of the building's most particular spots, Carney stated. 

The building is known as after former Moravian College trustee Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz, who was struck and killed by an impaired driver whereas jogging close to her Berks County house in 2014, Grigsby stated.

Miksiewicz cherished to kick off her footwear and go barefoot, so the lounge is a becoming remembrance, Carney stated. The mom of three was the chief government officer and vice chairwoman of East Penn Manufacturing, the Breidegam household enterprise.

Her household has deep ties to the faculty. Her late brother Timothy Breidegam died on an Outward Certain journey whereas attending Moravian, Grigsby stated. Their father DeLight Breidegam threw himself into Moravian, becoming a member of the board and making main donations. Immediately, the fieldhouse and observe are named for Timothy.

Miksiewicz graduated from Moravian herself and her three kids adopted in her footsteps. Her son Matthew is at the moment a junior.

Earlier than her demise, Miksiewicz hoped to shock her mom, Helen, by naming the well being sciences building after her. As a substitute, her dad and mom determined the building would bear Miksiewicz's identify. Sadly, DeLight Breidegam will not see the building open. He died at age 88 in 2015.

"It is terribly unhappy," Grigsby stated.

The household's generosity and dedication to Moravian quick-tracked the building undertaking, he stated.

Officers declined to say how a lot the household donated, however did say that the building wouldn't have opened till 2018 with out it.

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