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Temple breaks ground for new School of Medicine building

Medical School Groundbreaking
Gov Edward G. Rendell, President Ann Weaver Hart, and School of Medicine Dean John Daly, M.D., led the program at last week’s School of Medicine groundbreaking.
(Photo by Joseph V. Labolito / University Photography)

Gov. Edward G. Rendell and other dignitaries joined Temple President Ann Weaver Hart and Medical School Dean John Daly, M.D., Nov. 1 at the ceremonial groundbreaking for the largest construction project in Temple University history - a 480,000-square-foot, $150 million, state-of-the-art Medical School building.

This transformational, 11-story structure, which will rise on the northwest corner of Broad and Tioga streets, is the first Medical School building to be constructed at Temple in nearly 40 years. Slated to open in 2009, the new building will become the primary teaching and research site for the school, and allow its continued growth as one of the nation’s premier urban academic medical centers.

"Incredible potential is going to be unleashed by this wonderful new facility. More than just a collection of labs, classrooms and libraries, the new school is literally designed to spark discovery, learning, and innovation," Daly said.

Under Daly’s leadership, Temple’s School of Medicine has progressed and expanded on many fronts in recent years. More than 260 outstanding new faculty members from leading institutions around the nation have been recruited. These physicians and scientists will be joined by more than 100 new faculty scientists once the building is completed.

Also attracted by Temple’s dynamic growth are students. For the entering class of 2006, there was a 12 percent increase in applications versus a 4.6 percent increase in the national pool. So far for 2007, applications are up 15.2 percent compared to last year, while national applications are up 11.2 percent. The new building will enable the school to accept more of these applicants, expanding the class size from 180 to 220 and helping to relieve the nation’s predicted physician shortage.

Research at the School of Medicine has strengthened in recent years, as well. Research funding, in such areas as telemedicine, obesity, health disparities and lung disease, increased 36 percent, from $32.4 million in 2002 to $44.1 in 2006. And studies of new drugs and devices have doubled over the past three years, with more than 200 clinical research trials currently under way. Because seven floors of the School of Medicine’s new home will be dedicated to laboratory research, the growth rate of Temple’s research enterprise will continue to increase.

Medical School groundbreaking
Artist’s rendering of Temple University’s new Medical School building.

Fueling this momentum is the same mission and commitment that has guided the School of Medicine since its opening in 1901: to educate superior physicians, enhance research and knowledge, and improve health care in the North Philadelphia community and beyond.

Crucial to this mission is Temple’s longstanding commitment to its neighborhood and city. During the building planning stages, the University explored the impact of the construction on the surrounding area and worked with community and church groups to address their concerns. As a result, all of the servicing for the building will take place below street level. The building will not have a back side that could block traffic when trucks are loading or unloading supplies and equipment.

Funding for the new building includes $50 million from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, $50 million from a Temple University bond issue and $50 million from the School of Medicine, including philanthropy.

"The expansion of research space throughout the Commonwealth is crucial for us to continue to lead in biomedical and pharmaceutical research, Rendell said. And nothing is more important to both family health as well as economics than biomedical research."

Eryn Jelesiewicz

The new School of Medicine building at a glance
Location West side of North Broad Street between Venango and Tioga streets, across from Temple University Children’s Medical Center.
Exterior Glass and brick
Square footage 480,000 gross square feet
Number of stories 11
Estimated cost $150 million
Construction start September 2006
Anticipated Opening May 2009
Architect Ballinger, Inc.
Building features:  

• More than 16 flexible learning classroom spaces, which include small-group breakout rooms and 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 will practice doctoring and surgical skills with mannequins, simulators and actor patients.

• An attractive café, a spacious and comfortable lobby, and ample study and meeting space to support the community life of the school.

• A combined 50,000-suare-foot library for the Health Sciences Center will bring 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, will house 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, will connect the new 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.




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