Allina Health, Abbott Northwestern MacMillan Simulation & Training Center

Minneapolis, Minnesota

This full-service training center was designed for both dedicated departmental and interdepartmental use. The five flexible simulations spaces support nurses, physicians, and healthcare professionals alike. Specialty spaces include maternity, OR/ER and flexible medical-surgical. The debrief area provides options for large-group symposium as well as small-group training arrangements. An eight-bed skills lab and separate computer lab support many of the local professionals within the ANW/Allina system.


Staff and participants have access to an internal break area between training events. Embedded technology within the suite and training rooms allow interconnectivity for exceptionally large groups with the neighboring conference center being constructed concurrently.


Balancing project priorities was key to a successful design. To encourage effective communication, early in the process we identified with the project leads who were charged with making the decisions at different stages. All meetings were focused and topical and the process schedule was thoroughly vetted in advance.


Allina Health

At a glance

10,100 SF


Five simulation environments

Debrief area provides large & small group training spaces.

Eight-bed Skills lab

Computer lab


Project Management



Lab Planning

Interior Design

Construction Administration