James Madison University

Health & Behavioral Studies Building

Building Facts

  • 150,000 GSF
  • LEED Silver design
  • 16 research labs
  • 20 classrooms
  • 22 teaching lab
  • 1 health clinic
  • 2 165-seat lecture halls
  • Patient simulation lab
  • Occupational therapy
  • Dietetics
  • Athletic training
  • Communication science disorders
  • Social work
  • Food production lab
  • Hearing clinic

The new interprofessional facility is designed to prepare students for today’s team-oriented healthcare work environment. The design creates a natively landscaped, pedestrian-oriented campus gathering place on the south while negotiating a full floor of topographic rise to the north. In accordance with the precinct master plan, the building fulfills the University’s aesthetic and campus goals of extending the historic Bluestone campus and creating a new, formal community entrance.

Occupying a full city block, the 1934 building originally served as the main Post Office for the city, with the Federal Courts and other federal agencies occupying the upper floors. When the Post Office moved out in the 1970s, the Federal Courts renovated much of the building, increasing the number of courtrooms from seven to twenty-six. These and subsequent interventions increased the population of the building, creating issues of circulation, meeting space, and life safety. The upgrade of MEP infrastructure, addition of a new stair/elevator tower, and reconfiguration of the basement will allow Levin to advance the mission of the US District Court and US Marshals, while providing a safe and comfortable building experience for all who work and visit there.