Designs for Columbia University Medical Center’s new 14-story, state-of-the-art medical and graduate education building were unveiled this past week. The modern, glass tower, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler as executive architect, includes green spaces and progressive classrooms.  The University is also planning for the building to meet LEED-Gold standards for sustainability.

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The building’s interior design features technologically advanced classrooms, collaboration spaces and a modern simulation center, allowing hands-on learning in realistic settings. Multiple-purpose outdoor spaces, including a terrace with views of the Hudson River will also be incorporated and serve as a model for modern learning spaces.

“The new building provides upgraded education facilities that reflect the eminence of one of the top medical schools in the world,” said Lee Goldman, M.D., dean of the faculties of health sciences and medicine at CUMC and executive vice president for health and biomedical sciences at Columbia University. “Both the building and the newly created green space that will surround it will also revitalize our campus in ways that will benefit both our medical center and the entire community.”

A new auditorium and events area, along with student lounges and cafes are also part of the design.

The building will become an important landmark to the skyline of Northern Manhattan, as it will be visible from the nearby George Washington Bridge and Riverside Park. Construction is expected to begin in early 2013 and will take approximately 42 months.

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