Sacred Heart University’s state-of-the-art Center for Healthcare Education provides nursing and healthcare profession students the rare opportunity to work collaboratively with multiple healthcare fields. Located on 8.68-acres, it transforms an abandoned development with a big hole on a steep slope, into a vibrant new environment to serve the community into the future. Before designing the Center for Healthcare Education, SLAM began a solid relationship with Sacred Heart University, starting with the planning effort for a Campus Master Plan in 2014. Today, SLAM has taken part in transforming the campus with the renovation of Pierre Toussant Hall, the design of the Bobby Valentine Recreation Center, and continued work on the design of two new residence halls on the main campus. SLAM also continues to work on the renovation and design of the newly acquired West Campus buildings.
Sacred Heart University’s College of Health Professions and College of Nursing programs are highly touted and in great demand. Previously located at SHU’s campus near Trumbull, Connecticut, the programs were housed in repurposed office buildings with inadequate space for students to practice and learn.
In order to accommodate SHU’s growth, mission and strategic goals, a new facility that would provide a shared home for the programs and reflect a commitment to academic excellence and experiential learning was designed for a new 8.7-acre site near SHU’s main campus in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The new three-story, 170,000 SF state-of-the-art facility was unanimously endorsed by the City of Bridgeport, administration, faculty and students.