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Health Education Building Project

KU Medical Center has built a new, iconic facility to accommodate modern learning and facilitate the education of a greater number of physicians, nurses and allied health care professionals. The new building will serve as the primary teaching facility for the KU Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions that includes a simulation center and flexible, state-of-the-art learning space to support new models of teaching.


  • Designed through a partnership between Helix Architecture + Design and CO Architects
  • 170,000 square feet, seven levels high on the corner of 39th Street and Rainbow Boulevard
  • Consists of administrative and faculty offices, learning studios, classrooms, student lounges, study rooms, clinical skills and simulation labs and retail spaces, including Paleterias Tropicana.
  • Modern interior design elements inspired by key facets of the building's purpose: connectivity, identity, a healthy and sustainable environment, and transparency
  • Architecture featured natural elements and the heritage of Kansas with a terraced courtyard and outdoor space with features representing the rolling prairies of Kansas
  • Meets sustainability standards
    • Energy use is projected to be 24 percent under state energy guidelines
    • Heating and cooling controls are tied to occupancy sensors and automatic set-backs
    • All occupied spaces utilize energy efficient LED lighting  
  • Groundbreaking ceremony was held Aug. 27, 2015
  • Construction started Sept. 14, 2015
  • Grand opening was July 20, 2017

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Last modified: Jul 26, 2018