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Thomas Jefferson University - Dorrance H. Hamilton Building

Learning together

  • 253K

    Square Feet

  • $52M

    Construction Value

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Creating a sense of community where various health specialties work together at Thomas Jefferson University

The United States is anticipating a shortage of physicians, and that means medical schools need to boost their enrollment over the next decade by 15 percent. Thomas Jefferson University wants to contribute to a more secure medical future—and they’ll do that by shaping a new paradigm for education in the health sciences.

Our challenge was to design a building that could accommodate a variety of user groups in a limited space. The new Dorrance H. Hamilton Building will deliver an integrated curriculum to students in medical, nursing, and both physical and occupational therapy studies. The new paradigm helps students work and succeed as part of an integrated, multidisciplinary healthcare delivery team.

The building includes clinical training areas, classroom space, and an audio-video studio. There are simulation trauma and intensive care unit settings, a mock apartment and splint land, and specialized nursing classrooms. With flexible teaching spaces and shared informal spaces, we were able to accommodate the medical college and the schools of pharmacy, nursing, and health.

When students learn together, they’re better prepared to work together. The future of healthcare is in integrated teams, and we used that as a driving force to design a building that would attract more students. 

Meet Our Team

Christopher Miller, Principal

We match design to our clients. Every space needs to be representative of the client while supporting end users so they can do their best.

Michael Reagan, Vice President, Buildings

The laboratories we plan and design may ultimately contribute to the discovery of something that will significantly and positively impact our lives.

Michael Scarani, Senior Associate

I love it when a plan comes together.

Christopher Miller


Michael  Reagan

Vice President, Buildings

Michael Scarani

Senior Associate

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