Christman Construction Company. Since 1894.

Oakland University

Human Health Building

Rochester, Michigan

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  • LEED: Platinum
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  • New Construction
  • $61,700,000
  • 173,500 s.f.
  • SmithGroup
  • August 2012

 2013 Building Honor Award, AIA Detroit

As a result of rapid student enrollment in recent years, the School of Nursing and the School of Health Sciences at Oakland University have outgrown their current facilities. In order to combine both schools under one roof and create a world-class medical facility, Oakland University is constructing a new Human As a result of rapid student enrollment in recent years, the School of Nursing and the School of Health Sciences at Oakland University outgrew their facilities. In order to combine both schools under one roof and create a world-class medical facility, Oakland University constructed a new Human Health Building. Comprised of five stories and 160,000 s.f., the building is situated on the northwest corner of Oakland University’s 1,441-acre campus. The building provided state-of-the-art instructional, research and practice space, and takes Oakland University one step closer to achieving its goal of transforming health education and research in southeastern Michigan.

Oakland University was committed to providing a new facility on campus to serve a showcase for both human and environmental wellness. The new structure houses state-of-the-art classrooms and seminar facilities, an interactive media center, physical therapy clinics, computer labs, simulation labs, and distance learning, as well as faculty and administration space.

The new Human Health Building also utilized cutting-edge technology that incorporated green design and targeted LEED certification at the Gold level, with the goal set to achieve Platinum. Oakland University was awarded a U.S. Department of Energy grant focused on increasing the energy efficiency of the new Human Health Building. In order to reduce energy-related carbon emissions and significantly reduce energy costs, the facility incorporated geothermal heating and cooling, with 256 geothermal wells set at depths of 320 feet. The building also supplements its heat, hot water, and energy consumption with the use of solar panels. The outer facade of the building features a pressure-equalized rainscreen wall, allowing for the reduction in air exfiltration and water penetration. Since the building was constructed adjacent to a wetland, additional planning and forethought were needed. Oakland University decided to accentuate the wetland and created an outdoor lounge and gathering place for students.

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Human Health Building
Human Health Building
Human Health Building
Human Health Building
Human Health Building
Human Health Building