Louisiana State University Health Sciences is constructing the $74 million Center for Medical Education in Shreveport. Designed by Perkins&Will with Coleman Partners Architects as joint venture partner, the four-story, 187,000-sf facility will feature a 500-seat auditorium-in-the-round and three 250-seat active learning classrooms. Simulation suites and clinical skills labs will leverage advanced immersive technologies to provide students with unique opportunities for experiential education and training. A wellness center will offer individual and group fitness areas, meditation rooms, multipurpose activity zones, and dining amenities.
On the third floor, the Center for Emerging Viral Threats will provide BSL-2 and BSL-3 labs for the study and diagnosis of pathogens, as well as a vivarium for work with small animal models. Accommodating bacteriology, clinical pathology, serology, and virology components, the biocontainment facility will include dedicated support spaces for media preparation, cell culture, and amplification equipment.
Strategically sited near the School of Allied Health Professions, the highly transparent structure will act as a new campus gateway and destination. The public-private development is being created in partnership with Ochsner Health System and the state of Louisiana. General contractor Lemoine broke ground on the project in July of 2021 and occupancy is expected in fall of 2023.