Academic Architecture

Wichita State University Old Town

About the Project

Five interconnected factory buildings were transformed into a new home for WSU’s Physical Therapy and Physician’s Assistant programs and associated WATC programs.

WDM’s design incorporated:

  • Existing skylights for natural light
  • Original wood flooring where possible
  • Lecture-style and team-collaboration classrooms
  • Meeting rooms
  • Commons areas with lockers and vending
  • Break rooms
  • Both shared and private office space

To facilitate the best learning environment possible, a simulated hospital was designed with every detail, from mock gas hook-ups to mounted ophthalmoscope, otoscope, blood pressure cuff and sharps containers. “Hospital rooms” were designed with two-way mirrors and A/V connectivity for teachers to observe and direct student learning.


Simulated hospital area:

  • Full-scale hospital rooms
  • Birthing room
  • Operating theater
  • Multiple scrub-in sinks
  • Exam rooms
  • Physical therapy gyms
  • A synthetic cadaver tank for dissection
  • Wider doorways to accommodate gurneys
  • Patient bathrooms to learn transfer technique

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