The new state-of-the-art St. Vincent Health Sciences Center will support and house existing and forthcoming health sciences programs in one facility.
The new energy-efficient academic building will feature active learning classrooms, laboratories, simulation facilities, office space, collaborative spaces, and outdoor terraces.
“The University’s new St. Vincent Health Sciences Center will enable St. John’s to train the next generation of caregivers at a time of tremendous change and opportunity in health care,” said Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., President.
Work commenced in the first quarter of 2022; the building is slated to be ready for occupancy and available for students and classes by Fall 2024.
The building is designed around an interior, multistory, social common space. This “living room” will act as the heart of the academic program and promote both planned and chance interactions between students and faculty. The sun-splashed Dorothea and Nickolas Davatzes Atrium will welcome visitors to the center as they enter the building from the Great Lawn. Outside, new plazas and terraces will tie directly into the campus walkway system.
The new building will feature a holistic and scalable approach to sustainability. It will be designed to accommodate an evolving series of both campus and New York City sustainability initiatives. It focuses those strategies on saving energy and contributing mightily to the carbon reduction efforts for the entire University. The structural and mechanical systems will allow for reprogramming of the spaces within the building. Individual teaching spaces can be easily reconfigured, and remote learning seamlessly integrated into the curriculum.
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The site is situated between the residential and the academic zones of St. John’s campus. The new building will act as a part of the larger ensemble, to positively shape and define the physical space of the Great Lawn. As such, its architectural character is quieter with respect to the more classical nature of St. Augustine and St. John Hall. It takes on a more sculptural and colorful personality when facing the residential precinct.