To match their growing momentum, MCL Construction renovated lab and classroom space for the Physical Therapy Assistant and Master of Occupational Therapy programs at Methodist College.
“That particular area in the healthcare profession is seeing a lot of growth and has a lot of potential with a focus on healthcare and therapy being a solution to help after an injury,” Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness at Methodist College Lindsay Snipes said.
The college had a vision of a more efficient space for students to learn, interact, and simulate care in a realistic setting. MCL Construction took their vision and created a space where the two programs could share state-of-the-art equipment, collaborate, and transition to focusing on specialized concentrations of care when they need to.
“In clinical practice, Physical and Occupational Therapy professions can work alongside each other. Having the spaces and staff offices in proximity is an advantage of our program. We connect with students on a personal level and give them a quality experience,” said Snipes.
The MCL team on the job has a history of building for health professionals. They joined MCL knowing how to build, but through experience, they learned the importance of space, proximity, and how a room should flow for patient needs.
“I have seen what it is like to build for hospitals, but to see where it all starts and have a role in building a learning environment for our future healthcare providers was an awesome experience,” MCL Project Engineer Rob Nielsen said.
The renovated Physical Therapy Assistant space features an elevated ceiling to allow for client stair training. It has an overhead track system for bodyweight-supported exercises, upgraded technology to accommodate the college’s current software, and mat tables for therapeutic activities.
The updated Master of Occupational Therapy space was converted into a mock home environment consisting of a full kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. Different materials, flooring, and varying elevations were installed in the space so the college can train students on how to work with patients in every environment.
“You learn something on every job you work on. Building a space where people were going to learn how to do basic tasks all over again makes you appreciate what you have and the student, faculty, and staff dedicated to their work,” said Nielsen.
Also featured in the space for joint use is Solo-Step track. The system allows for weightless therapy and gives students real-life experience with the technology they will use as they progress in their careers.
“We are training health care professionals for a variety of modalities in the larger scope of healthcare. We want out space to give students opportunities outside of just the basics,” said Snipes.
The space opened to students and faculty in September 2020.
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