Optimizing Campus Facilities for One of Canada’s Leaders in Chiropractic Education, Research, and Patient Care
Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College / Space Optimization
Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
Architecture Counsel is currently preparing a comprehensive space optimization study for the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). This study represents the first phase of an ambitious renewal program planned for the College.
The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College is renowned for its commitment to the delivery of world-class chiropractic education, research, and patient care. To retain its status as one of North America’s leading chiropractic colleges, the College recognized that many of the buildings on its main campus were no longer capable of meeting the needs of current pedagogy and, in fact, many of the spaces had become obsolete.
Our final report will recommend a detailed strategy that will guide future phases of capital work including recommendations for space use in lecture halls, technique labs, fitness facilities, a former indoor pool area, faculty offices, conference rooms, supply centre/bookstore, food services, research spaces, and social spaces to unite the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College community of learners and teachers.
A vital component and the primary outcome of this space optimization effort is a dedicated Learning and Assessment Centre (LAC) that will provide chiropractic students, residents, and faculty access to a state-of-the-art facility for the development and refinement of clinical skills and the demonstration of competence through immersive experiential activities. The LAC will feature a variety of simulation-based methodologies, including high-fidelity computer simulators, task simulators, force sensing technology, standardized patients, and augmented/virtual reality. Leading-edge digital monitoring and recording technologies will allow for real-time observations, post-encounter debriefings, monitored assessments, and formative reflective exercises. The Learning and Assessment Centre is envisioned as an exemplary experiential learning environment for students in Years 1 to 4, and possibly for clinicians, graduates, practitioners, and educators.
Ultimately, the space optimization effort is not about increasing CMCC’s enrollment – it is about the quality of education and enhancing the student experience.