The Frank H. Netter, M.D., School of Medicine will begin taking shape this month as major renovations commence on Building 2 on the North Haven Campus.
The 11-month project will transform the 120,000-square-foot building into a state-of-the-art medical facility featuring operating and examination rooms, classrooms, student and faculty offices and a morgue.
“We are creating a space that will allow for greater interdisciplinary learning,” said Dr. Bruce Koeppen, founding dean. “It’s wonderful to be able to build something from scratch that is able to provide students with the best experience possible.”
The renovated building will be connected to the 180,000 square-foot Building 1, which houses the schools of health sciences, nursing and education, by a 25,000 square-foot, three-story atrium that will be accessible near the area where the generators and visitors parking are currently located. The existing visitors parking area will be removed. There will be 10 visitor parking spaces in the faculty/staff parking lot and on the first floor of the parking garage.
The first two stories of the atrium will feature event space and open areas while the third floor will serve as a health sciences library. Outdoor seating will be accessible from the second floor. The stairs leading to the current entrance of Building 1 will be removed, but the terrace will remain to allow outdoor events and activities.
Construction on the atrium will begin in October when Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield staff fully vacates the campus. Scheduled to be completed on July 1, the buildings will form a combined medical/health sciences facility.
The medical school facility will feature:
- two operating rooms
- a 300-seat auditorium – the largest on campus
- two 150-seat lecture halls
- a 100-person multipurpose room with a video feed from the 300-seat auditorium
- single faculty offices
- a clinical skills assessment complex
- 16 examination rooms for students to interact with patient actors
- six student medical school offices available 24 hours a day
- a vending room
- pathologist assistant labs
- six large classrooms
- an 80-body morgue
- a conference room
- various study areas
Before entering the facility’s morgue, each body will undergo a full MRI and CT scan. Students will then be able to access the scans when examining the bodies.
The facility will rival any medical school in the country, Koeppen said. The technology is also all upgradable.
“This was all designed to enhance student learning,” he said. “This is truly state of the art.”
The School of Medicine, which is scheduled to welcome its first class in August, 2013, will have approximately 500 students when it reaches full capacity, Koeppen said. The School of Nursing has approximately 650 students and the School of Health Sciences has about 2,200 students.
Building 4 will eventually undergo renovation, adding 30,000 square feet of research space to the campus.
The 200,000-square-foot Building 3 will be renovated to serve as home to the School of Law and various administrative offices.