Penn State University, Medical Education Building Hershey, Pennsylvania

Steinberg Hart, completed programming, planning and conceptual design of the medical education and office spaces for a new 292,000 SF Research and Education Building on the Penn State Hershey Academic Medical Center campus.

  • Location

    Hershey, Pennsylvania

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  • Client

    Penn State University

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  • Size

    292,000 SF

The two-phase project includes a parking structure, a two-story education commons building that connects to the existing library, and a four-story research and education building that connects to the existing library, and a four-story research and education building, which provides a new entry and identity statement for the College. The new Building’s interior space planning aims to reinforce the College’s commitment to holistic health education and global health issues.

Through the programming and planning process, the project team helped the College leadership examine their changing pedagogy – from lecture based instruction to small group, problem based learning – and how active-learning classroom design may impact and support those teaching and learning modalities.

Penn State also made a continuing commitment to interprofessional education. The new buildings bring together and supports the medical program, basic sciences graduate education, physicians assistant program, and the College of Nursing programs. The students and faculty of these programs mix throughout all of the educational spaces, which include instructional and classroom space; student social and study spaces; the simulation center; human structures (anatomy) spaces; system navigation space; and collaborative office space.


Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)