Malcolm X College and School of Health Sciences Complex

Chicago, IL



Malcolm X College and School of Health Sciences is the healthcare education hub of the City Colleges of Chicago system which focuses on the hands-on training of allied health professionals. It provides training opportunities for the estimated 84,000 new healthcare employees who are projected to work in Chicago over the next decade.


Honorable Mention Award

Learning by Design Magazine


Pool Type

Indoor 25 Yard

Indoor Leisure

Project Type

University Campus Rec

Project Service

Design Services



Completed 2016


Moody Nolan/Cannon Design

Project Amenities

The new 545,000 sq. ft. Academic Building includes classroom space, teaching labs, computer labs, general administration spaces, common spaces, and simulation labs. The common areas include a natatorium, gymnasium, 250-seat theater, fitness center with locker rooms, library, bookstore, and a food court. The facility is crowned by an eight-story tower which represents a “virtual hospital” and allows students to learn through simulated, real-world healthcare scenarios.

The design team took great pride in its sustainable practices with the goal for LEED Gold certification. A rain water harvesting system, a green roof, and water efficient plumbing are some of the environmentally sensitive design features.

1,000 sq ft. Recreation Pool

Two 25-yard lap lanes with stair entry

Underwater bench

Water volleyball and basketball

100 sq. ft. Hot Spa

Stair entry and hydrotherapy bench

Deck level gutter overflow

100 sq. ft. Cold Spa

Stair entry and hydrotherapy bench

Deck level gutter overflow

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