Columbia University’s medical school is undergoing a groundbreaking transformation in the most literal sense of the word: Construction crews have broken ground on one of two new medical buildings in the works at the powerhouse university’s campus. The new buildings will include teaching space as well as state-of-the-art science research labs.
Biotechnology Calendar, Inc. spotlighted one of these new facilities on our blog back in October when it was first announced that a new medical building would break ground on Haven Avenue between 171st and 172nd streets in Washington Heights. The 100,000-square-foot, $77 million new medical building will overlook the George Washington Bridge.
“There is no building like it anywhere,” said Lee Goldman, dean of faculties of health sciences and medicine at Columbia University. “Our top priority was to create the best possible educational building for the best medical students in the country. This building symbolizes why most medical and graduate students come to Columbia.”
Rendering of new medical building at Columbia University
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Columbia University is also building a new nursing school. This new medical building will be a seven-story, 70,000-square-foot, $40 million structure once completed. Located on the west side of Audubon Avenue, between West 167th and 168th streets, the nursing school was originally planned to be a three-story building running the entire length of the faculty parking lot. Architects later decided upon a taller building taking up less city block space on the northwest corner of the block.
"We decided to break the rules of the competition, and create a stand-alone building," said Guy Geier, the managing partner at the joint-venture of two architecture firms in charge of designing the new medical building.
Renovations to more than 500,000 square feet of science research labs throughout the campus have already gone through to completion since Dean Goldman came to Columbia University. "The goal is to make it as state of the art as it was in the 1920s, when the campus was created as a model for medical education," Dean Goldman said.
In addition to having the funding available to build two new medical buildings and renovate countless science research labs on its campus, Columbia University receives a wealth of research funding from organizations like the NIH every year. The National Institutes of Health awarded Columbia $349 million in new funding in 2013, while the National Science Foundation gave Columbia $82.1 million in new funding. In 2013, Columbia University also received $396.3 million in direct private gifts, grants, and contracts. In 2012-2013, the endowment at Columbia University was worth $8.2 billion.
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