Purdue University Northwest, Bioscience Innovation Building: Mixing Biology and Nursing

Punit Jain, CannonDesign

The new 68,000 GSF Bioscience Innovation Building is a multi-disciplinary inter-professional education/learning building that brings together the disciplines of biology and nursing in close proximity to each other. This unique approach brings two disciplines together under one roof where students from different age groups, interests and skill sets will collaborate and interact. The nursing students will work with the biology students in the anatomy labs while the biology students will pursue a career in nursing.

The location of the building on Purdue University Northwest's 167-acre campus located just outside Chicago, will serve as a beacon and front door to the campus. The building's front door leading to the main lobby, a "mixing chamber" will serve as pass-through for every Purdue NW student creating a renewed interest in STEM and allied health education. The three-story mixing chamber with full height glass walls displays the Nursing Simulation Suite and the General Biology Lab on the first floor. Anatomy and Physiology Labs, Scale Up Team Based Classrooms, and student collaboration spaces are on the second floor; and Ecology Lab, Microbiology Teaching Lab, Microbiology Research Lab, supporting undergraduate and faculty research, and scale up classrooms are on display on the third floor. In addition, most of the faculty offices are in an open plan to support collaboration amongst faculty and with students. Huddle rooms, focus areas, and meeting rooms to embrace the new scientific workplace further support the teaching and research spaces. This would place PNW at the cutting-edge of science learning and research.

University leadership envision this new campus addition to be a striking symbol of forward-looking student space supporting 21st century education.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon viewing the presentation, attendees will learn about team-based learning environments including in the laboratory.
  • Upon viewing the presentation, attendees will learn how to bring together students from different disciplines to create a culture of collaboration.
  • Upon viewing the presentation, attendees will learn about how two very different programs coexist and share best practices within the same building.
  • Upon viewing the presentation, attendees will learn how to work with the faculty to design an open and collaborative office/work environment versus individual private offices.


A LEED Fellow and leader in the science, technology and sustainability practices at CannonDesign, Punit Jain brings extensive experience in the integration of systems, spaces and experiences for a wide range of clients. Having designed over 25 LEED projects, he is responsible for generating innovative solutions in regenerative and net zero design for complex scientific facilities at a campus and building scale. Punit serves on the national board of I2SL and the advisory board of SEFA.


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