On February 22, 2016, the University of Michigan’s A. Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library achieved LEED Gold Status.
The new library contains simulation suites, classrooms, collaboration labs, and study areas. Ballinger led the Medical School through a comprehensive project formation and benchmarking effort to determine the most effective design for a 21st century library space. The resulting 137,000-square-foot addition and renovation transformed the building into a light-filled, flexible facility that promotes collaboration and hands-on learning. In addition to programming, Ballinger served as the design architect and worked closely with local architect of record TMP Architecture.
Ballinger’s design rejuvenated the building by replacing the windowless brick walls with nearly 18,000 square feet of low-e glass. Double-height, naturally-lit lounges create an open, transparent environment.
Student and faculty can choose from a wide variety of flexible study and meeting space. A new café and lounge welcome students and encourage spontaneous inter-disciplinary collaboration. Students hone their skills in THSL’s 30 realistic patient care rooms and by using the Anatomage Table, a life-sized interactive visualization system for anatomy education.