Marquette University - Physician Assistant Studies Building

Expanding Program Gets New Building

Marquette University’s growing Physician Assistant Studies program is a nationally ranked program designed to help address the huge gap in Wisconsin primary care providers. In collaboration with Groth Design, HGA designed the building on a prominent site. Marquette University’s 44,000 SF building positions the three-year program as one of the largest in the region and in the nation.

The building offers an array of innovative simulation environments to support the schools vision of providing cutting edge curricula for practicing evidence-based medicine through dynamic healthcare systems. The goal being to implement a sense of leadership, confidence, and strong multidisciplinary competencies based in compassion for a richly diverse community in healthcare shortage areas.

The facility has a 2,300 SF specialized Medical Simulation Center, offering 4 flexible Simulation Rooms currently dedicated to OR, ICU, In Patient, and ED technologies and scenarios. The rooms are flanking a shared 450 SF Centralized Control Room equipped with brand new mannequin control systems throughout. The Simulation Center is known internally as the “jewel,” because of its use of glass providing complete transparency between a flexible public observation teaching space, straight through to a highly daylight Debriefing Suite with a backdrop of Milwaukee’s beautiful Menomonee Valley Cityscape.

The facility also has a 4,500 SF Ambulatory Care Suite with 19 dedicated OSCE Exam Rooms, each with a dedicated Observation / Control Room, as well as 900 SF 8 Station Clinical Practice Suite open at all times for student group practice in off hours.

Beyond its academic mission, the glassy, four-story facility is a “welcoming and community-facing” — highly visible from I-94 to the south — as the university begins to transform its Clybourn St. corridor. The new building’s location also puts the Physician Assistant program closer to Schroeder Complex, which houses the College of Health Sciences’ other programs, as well as the university’s planned BioDiscovery District.


Milwaukee, WI

Building Type

Medical Education, Academic STEM & Research, Learning Spaces



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