Wyomissing, PA – The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) announced the recent completion of the 180,000sf, 6-story facility for the Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health in Wyomissing. SLAM’s integrated team provided full architectural design services, programming/planning, interior design, structural engineering, and landscape architecture.
The four-year, regional medical campus is in partnership with Tower Health. Students will receive clinical training at Reading Hospital, Tower Health’s Magnet-recognized facility and flagship hospital located less than one mile from the campus.
The medical college will help to expand the class size and medical training in the region, and increase the ability to recruit and retain doctors in the Reading area. The new facility features enhanced teaching and learning environments with appropriately sized instructional labs, five simulation in-patient rooms, one for surgery simulations, 12 clinical training exam rooms, and an anatomy laboratory. Also included is a fitness center with indoor and outdoor recreation space. Students will have access to the Information Commons (a library), lounge area, game room, and cafe.
The spaces were designed with flexibility and technology, to reconfigure as medical education, research, innovation, and collaboration evolves. The facility offers an open environment with “touchdown space” to encourage staff and faculty from other locations to stay and work at the building. Large, open general-purpose space is available for receptions, donor events, and graduations, including a 120-seat auditorium.
Robert F. Pulito, AIA, SLAM president, says, “Because of our expertise and synergy between the development, design, and construction team, we were able to complete this project in 30 months, staying on a track from the first programming meeting to occupancy, in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Our partnership with Drexel University and Tower Health, two powerhouses in the education and training of medical students, demonstrated our extensive background in medical education,” adds Pulito.