Situated at the intersection of two major pedestrian routes, the 88,000 square-foot Medical Education and Telemedicine Building serves as a welcoming gateway and meeting place for the School of Medicine campus. The building incorporates a world class, state-of-the-art medical education center with a wide range of academic and practical medical teaching environments. It is capable of responding to projected growth in enrollment and profound changes in the methodologies of medical education. The building is highly transparent and permeable, with ground floor connections out to the campus in all four directions. At the center, a light filled open-air courtyard is carved out to encourage the medical school community to interact and exchange ideas while enjoying the outdoors. It also works as a pre-function area for the auditorium and is used for daily informal gathering as well as a formal event space. An interconnecting courtyard stair facilitates building access and promotes a vibrant sense of community.
The plan was designed to maximize controlled day lighting, provide a high degree of transparency, and allow flexible learning spaces. Classrooms and offices are grouped into “learning communities” that promote collaboration between students and faculty. The auditorium and large group testing and training rooms are divisible by operable partitions for multiple flexible configurations and diverse learning environments. These double height rooms open to adjacent breakout terraces.
Accessed by a sunken light court, the lower level houses the Center for the Future of Surgery, a teaching and research facility for medical students and practicing physicians. In this nationally recognized center, simulated OR's, ER/ICU's, patient rooms, and labs for high-fidelity medical robots and robotic surgery equipment are organized and fitted out to present a sophisticated, technically advanced environment.
The LEED® Gold certified building maximizes daylight, reduces water use, optimizes energy performance, and uses reclaimed and low-emitting materials.