CUMC Breaks Ground for Medical and Graduate Education Building

September 18, 2013

Lee Goldman, MD, and Columbia President Lee Bollinger joined donors, faculty, and students in a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday for construction of the CUMC Medical and Graduate Education Building.

Construction of the 14-story glass tower at 171st Street and Haven Avenue is scheduled to take approximately three years.

CUMC Medical and Construction of CUMC's new Graduate Education Building has begun.
Construction of the new Medical and Graduate Education Building is projected to last 32 months.

The building’s pioneering design, by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler, has been described as “eye-catching,” “a major landmark in the skyline of northern Manhattan,” and “unorthodox for a medical school… in its reflection of a new more collaborative, team-based mode of teaching.”

The opportunity to create a more vibrant and cohesive campus is being made possible by vital support from philanthropists Diana and P. Roy Vagelos, MD; Philip L. and Cheryl Milstein; and the Clyde and Helen Wu Family. Representatives from each family attended the ceremony along with Columbia Trustee Kenneth Forde, MD, and employees of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Gensler, and the construction company, Sciame.

For more information about the building, visit “A Modern Home for Medical Education.”

Construction and building features:

  • 100,000 square feet of high-tech classroom facilities
  • Advanced center for immersive, simulation-based medical education
  • Innovative learning spaces for both collaboration and quiet study
  • Lounges, café, and student commons
  • Space configuration that allows optimal daylight into classroom and public spaces
  • Wide range of sustainable features, designed to obtain LEED Gold certification
  • Clean building techniques, including air and dust mitigation, noise and pest monitoring, and waste management
  • CUMC plans to use a unionized construction work force comprising at least 35 percent minority, women, and local trades people