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Science and Innovation Center

Hofstra University
An innovation center serves as a national model for interdisciplinary education between nursing and engineering.
Hofstra Science And Innovation Center Exterior 3
Hempstead, NY
75,000 GSF
LEED Silver

The Hofstra University Science and Innovation Center is a 75,000 GSF facility shared by the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies and the DeMatteis School of Energy and Applied Science. This energy-efficient, four-story facility features engineering and computer science laboratories, active learning classrooms, and robust clinical learning suites for nursing and engineering students.

The new building promotes cross-disciplinary and innovative pedagogical pursuits by sharing resources for maker space, human-factors lab, virtual reality lab and implementing introductory computer science courses into the undergraduate nursing program.

The facility showcases new concepts in classroom design with no designated front of the room and instead, all sides functioning as the front. This allows the instructor pedagogical freedom to lecture, facilitate group work, or perform a hybrid of the two. Displays are elevated around the entire perimeter of the room, reserving the lower portion of the walls for writable wall coverings.

Both dynamic and adaptable, this featured classroom opens to a courtyard, allowing abundant natural light and views. Furnishings are designed to be movable for special events, such as co-curricular, alumni and community events.

One of the most significant and distinctive programs at the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing is the Cardiac Perfusion and Anesthesia advanced certificates. The design team has programmed these two simulation rooms as part of a larger suite. The simulation rooms (OR’s) are specifically designed with equipment and instruments to emulate perfusion and anesthesia procedures.

To showcase these high-profile programs, the simulation rooms are on full display viewable from the main public corridor. Live feeds from the control room to monitors will show intricate procedures on manikins to the passer-by. The full-height wall is made of electrochromic smartglass, allowing transparent or dimmable views into the simulation to showcase the program. For summative exercises where distractions are discouraged, the glass is energized and turns opaque.

The Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science houses programs for biomedical, industrial, and computer engineering. Active learning classrooms complement specialty labs include bioengineering, industrial, computer, graphics, and virtual reality to enhance learning and instruction. The Center also houses Hofstra’s Center for Cyber Security Research and Innovation as well as a maker space studio.

HLW International - Design Architect
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