OSU OKC Allied Health Building

General Contractor: 
Crossland Construction
Architect: 
Dewberry Architects
Flooring Features: 
J & J Legend/Scholar w Nexus Modullar; Gerflor -Mipolam Accord, Orman / Orange River w weld rod; Johnsonite Stair Tread/riser, HTR Hammered-Charcoal; Centiva, Event Series - Abstract Taupe/Regent/Stone/Gringo & Charcoal. Armstrong, Excelon Stonetex.
 
The new 45,000 sq. ft. Allied Health Building on the campus of Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City features high-tech labs for students and a working community primary care clinic, Variety Care Clinic, for the public.  The $13 million facility now enables the Allied Health program to meet the increased demand to train more allied health students in nursing, diagnostic sonography, nutritional sciences, radiological technology and health care administration.
 
The hands on learning labs provide a simulation center with lifelike manikins that allow students to train for real-life situations. The manikins are in a 10-bed lab and individual rooms where students practice care in situations like surgery, emergency care, intensive care and labor and delivery. The wireless manikins are controlled by instructors outside the room to simulate a real environment. They can do all the things real patients do, including blink, cry, moan, breathe, lose blood pressure, vomit and die.
 
The new facility means OSU-OKC can enroll about 100 more nursing students each year. The program accepts about 200 annually, but with 1,400 students in prenursing many applicants have been are turned away.  The successful program gradates about 300 nurses annually with a pass rate on the national certification exam 10 percent higher than the national average.
 
The Variety Care clinic provides OSU-OKC students Sthe chance to interact with physicians and patients and to work as part of a health care team.  Services offered at the clinic include family and pediatric medicine and dentistry, obstetrics, family planning, behavioral health and optometry.
 
Classroom and training equipment was made possible through grants and donations from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, The Hearst Foundations, Integris, Sarkeys Foundation, Cox, Presbyterian Health Foundation and Pedigo Products. Delta Dental provided funding for the equipment in the Variety Care dental suite.
Photographer: 
Robert Trawick