Rock Valley College

Health Sciences Center

Responding to the growing needs of the local and regional health care industry, this 79,000 square foot building will put all of RVC’s health programs under one roof, allow for program expansion and the establishment of new initiatives. This state-of-the-art facility has a bold, forward-facing look while still tying perfectly into the overall aesthetics of the college’s main campus.

Under an innovative partnership agreement, the top floor of the building will house the OSF Saint Anthony College of Nursing, providing seamless transfer for RVC nursing students to continue their education and pursue bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in nursing.

Start date – Summer 2015
Cost - $20 million (local)
Architect – BLDD, McClellan Blakemore
Opening – Spring/Summer 2017 


For this building project, the college will be striving for United States Green Building Commission (USGBC) “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. The RVC main campus already has two LEED Gold certified buildings: the Karl J. Jacobs Center for Science and Math (JCSM) and the Physical Education Center (PEC).

Sustainable efforts for the building will include:

  • 50/50 Geo-thermal field, 76 bores, 350’ deep
  • Chill-beams
  • Daylighting
  • Energy Recovery Wheels in air handling units