FIRST FLOOR – Community Collaboration
Where the future of healthcare collides with community and private industry, creating innovative solutions that impact our world. The audion, demonstration kitchen, and digital library are a public showcase for everyone to gather, collaborate and learn.
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Multipurpose Audion (available for naming)
This signature multi-purpose space will be used for events ranging from community lectures and cooking demonstrations to large-scale conferences and meetings. A state-of-the-art audio visual system is integrated throughout the space.
Tower Atrium (available for naming)
This urban epicenter will provide space unlike any other at the University or in the surrounding area. Its architectural design features wide-open spaces filled with natural light, which cultivate collaboration through open seating which can enhance poster session and other events.
Demonstration Kitchen (available for naming)
Co-located with the audion, this multi-use facility supports a demonstration kitchen that will be used for community seminars, and by nutrition faculty and students as a unique experiential learning space. The space also doubles as a catering kitchen that can be used for events. Equipped with home cooking appliances, it will allow us to coach at-home cooks as they prepare healthy meals in their kitchens. A very public-facing portion of the new building, this will bring with it many opportunities to ensure education and research that are engaged with our surrounding communities.
Mixing Staircase (available for naming)
A focal point within the Tower’s first floor will be an expansive “Stairway to Translational Research”, which connects the main atrium and lecture/instructional areas with research and clinical spaces on the second floor and above. This feature is meant to inspire innovative thinkers and their dedication to discovery as we build on our rich academic programs and chart the future of healthcare delivery.
Gardens (available for naming)
Located in the plaza area, the garden includes three rainwater “tulips” as an ornamental feature, bollard lighting along the entrance to the audion, and wood benches for visitors to enjoy the space. Planters will include milkweed plants to attract butterflies and ornamental grasses.
Living Wall (named)
The feature of the atrium area, the living wall is a sustainable, vertical garden that will greet students, faculty and professionals as they enter the Tower.