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Swisspearl facade panels–compact and light–transform Missouri health center. O’Reilly Clinical Health Sciences Center, by CannonDesign (© Gayle Babcock/ Architectural Imageworks, Springfield)
Swisspearl facade panels–compact and light–transform Missouri health center. O’Reilly Clinical Health Sciences Center, by CannonDesign (© Gayle Babcock/ Architectural Imageworks, Springfield)


The new building for the College of Health and Human Studies at Missouri State University impresses through its sculptural formation. That can be said not only of the volume, but also the spatial organization, which includes a communication zone connecting all floors.

The O’Reilly Clinical Health Sciences Center, which opened in 2015, is the most recent building block of the College of Health and Human Studies in Springfield, Missouri. Further west, East Cherry Street is flanked by the Nursing Building on the north and a building for Physical Therapy on the south. The idea was to integrate the Health & Science Center within this context. The firm CannonDesign, which is represented at fifteen locations in the U. S. and worldwide, achieved this by interpreting the area between the buildings on East Walnut Street as an open space, which forms, as it were, a miniature campus within the campus. This public space continues with the lobby situated behind the main entrance on the northwestern corner of the new building. Here, the volume is cut and glazed in a welcoming gesture.

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