The 512,000-square-foot Albert Sherman Center stands 11 stories high, with nine occupied floors topped by a two-story mechanical systems penthouse. The building nearly doubles the amount of research space on the Worcester campus, holds major new areas specifically designed for advanced medical and nursing education and offers aesthetically pleasing, comfortable public spaces for students, faculty and staff to gather professionally and socially.
The ASC emerges as the new hub of the Worcester campus. It physically connects to the existing buildings with broad landscaped exterior plazas and two elevated pedestrian bridges. The building's main entrance opens from the quad into a dramatic two-story lobby. The first three floors contain educational and public spaces spread around a central atrium. In this area are suites for the School of Medicine's five Learning Communities, which are at the core of the new Learner-Center Integrated Curriculum, and similar learning space for the Graduate School of Nursing.
On the second and third floors, a wide range of students will engage in hands-on learning at the interprofessional Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation (iCELS), working with advanced clinical mannequins and actors trained to present like patients with specific conditions.
Setting the stage for diverse academic, social and community events, the Sherman Center's public spaces include a full-service café and dining area, a 350-seat lecture hall and a flexible function suite that overlooks the rest of the campus. The building has numerous conference rooms and seminar spaces of varying sizes. There is also a fitness center for students, faculty and staff, visible to visitors entering through an entrance on North Road.
The majority of space in the ASC is built for research. Floors four through nine are called the Research Tower and are filled with laboratories, core facilities, offices and conference spaces. When fully occupied, the ASC will have some 90 principal investigators, leading laboratory programs with more than 700 scientists, graduate students and support staff.