School of Nursing Clinical Learning and Simulation Center Renovation

Higher Ed

Faced with outdated facilities and the demands of a growing program, Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) renovated the former Garfield Book Company building for its School of Nursing. The building is located adjacent to the main campus and creates a state-of-the-art Nursing Skill and Simulation Center. The new PLU School of Nursing Clinical Learning and Simulation Center is the flagship of PLU’s rapidly growing nursing program. The facility is designed to replicate hospital spaces and equipment, providing a realistic clinical environment for the School of Nursing undergraduate and graduate students.

Prior to the renovation, the building included approximately 15,500 SF of space on two floors. Of this area, approximately 13,400 SF was remodeled (excluding the building support spaces and storage mezzanine). The second floor was extended approximately 1,200 SF into the existing two-story atrium space, creating a total work area of 14,600 SF. The facility features a 16-bed inpatient clinical laboratory with adjacent support space, two simulation labs with camera-assisted debrief rooms for advanced practice care, large and medium capacity classrooms, shared staff offices, and common areas.

Client: Pacific Lutheran University

Location: Tacoma, WA

Size: 15,500 SF

Project Team:
Marc C. Gleason, AIA, LEED AP
Todd Olson, AIA, Assoc. DBIA
Seong Shin
Dhiren Babaria, AIA
Jason Gover, AIA
Blake Bolton
Valerie Harris
Alexandra Arnold
Matthew Peckinpaugh