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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-square-foot IIPE facility is designed to support discovery through flexible, adaptable interior spaces affording venues for informal and structured interaction in small groups, state-of-the-art labs, 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.