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University of New England, Harold and Bibby Alfond Center for Health Sciences

The new Institute for Inter-Professional Education (IIPE), home to the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM), realizes UNE’s inter-professional health education mission—integrating students and faculty from across the health disciplines on one campus in an experiential, team-based learning environment.  Enabling expanded enrollments, the 109,000 s.f. IIPE facility is designed to support discovery through flexible, adaptable interior spaces affording venues for informal and structured interaction in small group, state-of-the-art lab, and lecture settings. Advancing UNE’s motto “Innovation for a Healthier Planet,” SMRT’s integrated, sustainable design maximizes the impact of passive design, while incorporating strategic engineering solutions to minimize energy use and reduce embodied as well as operational carbon. Water-sourced heat pumps combined with energy recovery systems provide efficient heating and cooling to the entire building, including high-demand labs that require 100% outdoor air. The cross-laminated timber (CLT) design contributes to occupant wellness and showcases the sustainability, economy, and beauty of mass timber as a building material and renewable resource.