Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health College Station, Texas
The School of Rural Public Health is a CDC-funded center designed to ensure public health professionals are able to respond to threats to the nation’s public health. It is the only national center with a specific rural focus.So when Texas A&M University asked OMNIPLAN to design the facility, there were no architectural precedents to observe. Instead, designers chose to let the facility’s three primary program components – office, classroom, and laboratories – direct the form of the project. Because physical requirements are so different for each of these uses, OMNIPLAN segmented them into three separate buildings to address specific requirements efficiently and cost-effectively.
This design not only made sense financially, it also worked well aesthetically. By creating a small, intimate grouping, OMNIPLAN was able to set the school apart from several towering structures that surrounded the site. The result is a cohesive educational community that functions in much the same way as the rural communities it serves, with a central courtyard that serves as common ground for a dispersed population.