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    APRIL 20, 2006
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Architect for new Medical School building named

Med School building takes shape

Image courtesy Ballinger

The School of Medicine recently named Ballinger, a Philadelphia firm, as the architect for the new $150 million School of Medicine facility, the largest capital project in Temple’s history.

Ground-breaking is scheduled for this fall.

“This spectacular new home will elevate Temple University School of Medicine to its rightful place among the nation’s top educational institutions,” Dean John Daly said.

The 480,000-square-foot, 11-story building will provide state-of-the-art teaching and research spaces. Features include six research floors, private study and conference rooms, a clinical skills instruction wing, a new anatomy teaching lab, two large auditoriums, high-tech classrooms and a state-of-the-art library.

More than 100,000 square feet of research and laboratory space will allow scientists to operate in a flexible, integrated laboratory setting where they can share equipment and ideas. Additionally, the new research facilities will promote the more rapid translation of breakthroughs from the bench to the bedside, foster greater interrelationships with researchers in the wider medical community and with the NIH and industry, and create space for emerging areas of research such as neuroscience, obesity and minority health.

Classrooms in the new building will allow current trends in medical education to supplement traditional methods of teaching, focusing on more flexible, small-group learning spaces.

A combined library for the Health Sciences Center will bring together medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, podiatry and related health professions, offering increased seating, study areas for groups and individuals, more shelf space, multimedia technology, additional computer terminals, data ports, wireless technology and 24-hour accessibility.

“This facility will boldly endorse Temple’s mission of teaching, research, and clinical care and its critical importance to Philadelphia, the nation and the world,” Daly said.

- Eryn Jelesiewicz