Cost: $45 million

Size: 84,000 sf

Project team: Dewberry (architecture, interior design, technology and structural engineering); Lee & Browne (mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering); Flintco (construction manager)

Description: The A. R. and Marylouise Tandy Medical Academic Building, a state-of-the-art medical education facility with an advanced hospital simulation center, opened on the Tulsa campus of Oklahoma State University. The four-story building supports hands-on instruction and training within the university’s Center for Health Sciences (OSU-CHS) College of Osteopathic Medicine. The curriculum will benefit medical students, physicians, first responders and allied health professionals from throughout the state, as well as local residents.

The 20,000 sf simulation center is the largest and most advanced in the state. The space contains four simulation suites for ICU, birthing, trauma and surgery. The flexible configuration of the suites allows for set-up, control, simulation, observation and reporting for a variety of medical applications. Each suite is equipped with audio-visual recording technology to provide feedback on simulation activities. High-functioning, programmable simulation mannequins enable hands-on training within the suites.

 The Tandy Medical Academic Building also features active learning classrooms, lecture halls, a conference center, and student support and study areas. The first floor houses the hospital simulation center, the second floor focuses on clinical skills, the third floor supports instruction in osteopathic manipulative medicine, and the fourth floor features the 3,185 sf conference center with a tiered lecture hall and two outdoor terraces.

Administrators anticipate that the building will help train primary care providers to serve more rural and underserved areas of Oklahoma.

The building is prominently positioned overlooking U.S. Highway 75 on Route 66, enabling OSU to showcase its expanding medical education program within the Tulsa community. The façade features the university’s signature orange color, logo and signage. A second-story pedestrian bridge, designed to emulate vertebrae, provides connections to other campus buildings.  

Completion date: September 2017

Contact: David Huey, AIA, LEED AP, Principal-in-Charge, Dewberry, 918-295-5225,