Construction of Medical and Graduate Education Building to begin late summer

Dear fellow members of the CUMC Community:

I am delighted to announce that construction of the new Medical and Graduate Education Building will begin late this summer. The building will greatly improve our ability to train tomorrow’s leading physicians and scientists, and its pioneering design will invigorate the campus and make an outstanding impression on our patients, visitors, and community.

The 14-story glass tower was designed by world-renowned, New York-based architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in collaboration with Gensler. It will include technology-rich classrooms, an advanced simulation center, an auditorium, and unique study spaces to encourage interdisciplinary learning and teamwork. We anticipate that the building, located at 104 Haven Ave., will open in 2016.

Construction will use clean building techniques that include air and dust mitigation, noise and pest monitoring, and waste management, as part of a comprehensive strategy of environmental sustainability throughout and after the life of the project. We also will coordinate with city agencies to minimize potential parking and traffic issues, as well as to maximize pedestrian-friendly areas. To reduce inconvenience to neighbors, most construction work will begin after 8:00 a.m.

The project also will create jobs. We aim to have a unionized construction work force comprising at least 35 percent minority, women, and local trades people. We are working with construction labor unions on ways to recruit qualified individuals from diverse backgrounds. In addition, we have a goal that 35 percent of construction contracting be awarded to firms owned by minorities or women, as well as firms located within the local community.

I want to thank all the donors, faculty, students, alumni, staff, and friends of CUMC who have contributed to this effort. In particular, I would like to recognize the members of our Capital Planning, Executive, Operations, Student, and Faculty Committees for their guidance throughout the planning process. I also want to highlight the remarkable contributions of P. Roy Vagelos, MD, chair of CUMC’s Board of Advisors; Clyde Wu, MD, Board vice chair; and Philip L. Milstein, chair of the Board’s Capital Planning Committee. Their outstanding leadership, generosity, and expertise have been the driving force behind this project.

I look forward to taking this important next step with the CUMC community and will keep you abreast of the building’s progress in the months ahead.


Lee Goldman, MD
Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine
and Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences


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