Greenville Hospital System Campus of University of South Carolina Health Sciences Education Building

At the Greenville campus of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, students train alongside practicing physicians and members of the interdisciplinary health care team. This ability to provide hands-on, real-world experience gives students the leadership, clinical, and interpersonal skills to provide compassionate and confident patient-focused healthcare. Owners are profoundly committed to providing these resources for Upstate South Carolina students. The new facility includes the Health Sciences Education Center, South Carolina College of Pharmacy, Certified Nurse Anesthesia Program, and Greenville Hospital System Regional Simulation Center.

Custom solutions give professors and students flexibility to organize information access specific to class needs, whether a lab, lecture, teamwork problem-solving scenario, or a combination. The anatomy lab, equipped for work with up to 16 cadavers, features flat panels and keyboards on articulating arms, allowing students to see reference materials such as demonstration walk-throughs and 3D models. This enables students and instructors to compare and contrast their work with reference material simultaneously. Instead of a typical classroom/sim lab, imagine black-box theaters where realistic elements can be introduced at any moment. For example, in a lab where EMT students respond to a car wreck, instructors can change the scene in seconds to introduce unpredictable elements of a real scene — sudden power loss, flashing lights, or equipment failure.

Problem-based learning studios are a key part of the medical learning.

Enclosed study carrels equipped with motion sensors register when a room is in use. Students searching for quiet space can look at a floor layout on digital signage displays to quickly see which carrels are empty or occupied. USC’s new health education building houses Multi-Disciplinary Virtual Labs, Standardized Patient Training Rooms, Gross Anatomy Lab, Pharmacy Distance Education, Simulation Classroom and SIM Debrief, Learning Studios, and several MET’s including ICU, OR, and Labor & Delivery. Throughout classrooms and labs, the layouts, furniture, and technology enable active learning, advanced media capture simplifies the way students receive and retrieve archived class sessions, and technology permits large groups to break into smaller work groups in the same space. For larger instructional spaces, a digital camera visualizer is located on the ceiling. This real-time image capture device is specifically suited to enable easy viewing by a large audience, allowing grander image area capture, and it can incorporate simulations using mannequins.


Greenville, SC


CO Architects; McMillan Pazdan Smith Architects


Key Facts

  • 86,000 GSF
  • Budget $22M