City Colleges of Chicago

Malcolm X School of Health Sciences

The new Malcolm X College Campus, located in the city’s Medical District, includes academic buildings comprised of classrooms, skills labs and simulation labs. These spaces are designed with advanced technology and equipment within a virtual hospital that mimics the look of real-world healthcare facilities.

The college to careers educational model links highly specialized curriculums with the needs of local employers, creating a direct bridge between students and jobs in fields such as nursing, pharmacy technicians, dental hygienists, health information technicians, emergency medical technicians, mortuary technicians, surgical and medical assistants and radiology technicians. The facility also provides a working dental clinic for the community

HERA provided medical and simulation equipment and AV\Data capture programming, planning and implementation for 67 allied health spaces housing 125 different simulation environments.

Additionally, HERA provided full design and equipment planning services for the following laboratories in the core science wing: general and organic chemistry, general biology, microbiology, environmental lab, physics and anatomy and physiology (virtual, cadaver and dissection). Equipment planning services included pedagogy validation, existing equipment survey and analysis, new equipment planning, budget administration, move management and procurement assistance.

The project includes general and adult education classrooms, athletics, a conference center, an auditorium, cafeteria and landscaped open space with rainwater gardens and student courtyard.

“The HERA team really listened. I found them to be highly flexible and responsive throughout the project. Their knowledge of trends and best practices is tremendous.”

David Sanders, M.S. Ed., President, Malcolm X College


Chicago, Illinois


545,000 GSF


Laboratory program validation, planning and design, equipment planning




Merit Award
AIA Columbus, 2021

Louis I. Kahn Citation
American School & University, 2018

Honorable Mention
Learning by Design Magazine, 2018

Innovation by Design Award Finalist
Fast Company, 2017


Moody Nolan