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Medical Education and Research Building


TUSM's New Medical Education and Research Building


In September 2006, Temple University School of Medicine broke ground on its new Medical Education and Research Building that is nothing short of transformational for its students, faculty and the surrounding community for generations to come. Outfitted with the latest technologies for learning and discovery, the building is designed for current and emerging trends in medical education, such as virtual learning, clinical simulations, smart classrooms, interdisciplinary collaborations and small group endeavors. At the same time, the building facilitates the addition of more faculty, emphasizing growth and investment in Temple’s research enterprise and enhancing both education and patient care.


More than just a collection of classrooms, labs and libraries, the contemporary, iconic structure is a beacon on North Broad Street, a symbol of the dedication of the people working and studying within. It promises to be a source of pride for the University community and for Philadelphia. The scale of the project boldly declares Temple's commitment to medical education and service to the community, setting the stage for remarkable growth and distinction.


The facility is purpose-specific, yet open and flexible to invite collaboration between disciplines and among faculty and students as medicine and curricula evolve. It is a living, working symbol of our commitment to a brilliant future -- for our students and faculty, for our patients and community, and for medicine.


The 11-story medical school building occupies one city block immediately north of Kresge Hall and across the street from Temple University Hospital. A third floor bridge connects the new building to Kresge Hall, and through Kresge to the School's other two buildings.


The new building’s eleven stories yields 480,000 gross square feet, or 301,052 net square feet of teaching, learning and combined-use space. Educational functions occupy 100,010 square feet, of which 50,000 square feet are reserved for the library. Research space measures 157,920 square feet, and the remaining 43,122 square feet are for public areas and administrative purposes.


The bold exterior of glass and brick is both contemporary and warm. The main Broad Street entrance is flanked on three sides by gleaming glass facades, revealing a three story library on the left and a soaring atrium on the right, with eight stories of research facilities behind it.


Classrooms in the new facility allow current trends in medical education to supplement traditional methods of teaching.  Today's teaching methods focus more on flexible, small group learning spaces that are wired for current technology requirements.  The new building facilitates the use of high-tech "dry" labs where technology simulates the wet lab experience, and enables small group instruction in "breakout rooms" to support lectures.


A combined library for the Health Sciences Center brings together medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, and related health professions in a contemporary setting.  This state-of-the-art library offers increased seating, study areas for groups and individuals, more shelf space, multimedia technology, additional computer terminals, plug-in data ports, wireless technology, and 24-hour accessibility.  The library provides a welcoming environment for students to engage in individual and small group study with immediate access to information resources.


Up-to-date research space stimulates the collaboration that is at the core of today's medical breakthroughs.  Interdisciplinary research is quickly becoming the primary incubator for new therapies.  Temple's new research space allows researchers to operate in a flexible, integrated laboratory setting where they can share equipment and ideas.  The new building provides 249,000 square feet of research and laboratory space that significantly enhances the School's clinical and basic science research enterprise to help attract the most respected physician-scientists.


Join us in celebrating our exciting step into the future.  The power to elevate Temple remains where it has always been:  in the hearts and souls of our alumni, faculty, and friends. 


Your power to shape the future has never been greater.  Please join us in support of our new home and bring medicine to life by going to the "Make a Gift Online " link at the top left of this page.


The New Medical Education and Research Building at a Glance:


Location: West side of North Broad Street between Venango and Tioga streets, across from Temple University Hospital
Exterior: Glass and brick
Square Footage: 480,000 gross square feet
Number of Stories: 11
Estimated Cost: $160 million
Construction Start: September 2006
Opening: May 2009
Architect: Ballinger, Inc.



Building Features:

  • More than 16 flexible learning spaces, which include small group breakout rooms that are supported by the newest technology.
  • 249,000 square feet of flexible, state-of-the-art laboratory space for scientific research, supporting current trends toward interdisciplinary and translational research.
  • A clinical skills and robotic simulation center where students practice doctoring and surgical skills with mannequins, simulators and actor patients.
  • An attractive cafe, a spacious and comfortable lobby, and amply study and meeting space to support the community life of the school.
  • A combined 50,000-square foot library for the Health Sciences Center that brings together medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, podiatry and related health professions, offering study areas for groups and individuals, multimedia and wireless technology, and 24-hour accessibility.
  • An all-glass, collaborative learning and research tower, offering dramatic views of the Center City skyline, housing a series of stacked, multi-purpose rooms that can be used for teaching, meetings, instructional support, study space and dining.
  • A third-floor bridge, crossing Tioga Street, connecting the new Medical Education and Research Building with current teaching and research facilities.
  • Interior atrium space with balconies to create a home-away-from-home atmosphere and usable outdoor space on a raised plaza on Broad Street.