Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) in the US has unveiled plans to construct a new 68,000ft² building, designed by the architecture firm CO|FXFOWLE.
Planned to be constructed on the existing Columbia property at the corner of W.168th Street and Audubon Avenue, at the east end of the CUMC campus, the new seven-storey building will serve as a new home for the Columbia University School of Nursing.
The building’s proposed interior will feature 65% more space than the school’s current location and will feature a network of advanced spaces that house several styles of teaching and learning, as well as places for socialising and relaxation.
The building will also feature a simulation centre, which will occupy nearly two floors, spaces for research, a sunlit atrium lobby, a café and an event space on the top floor adjacent to a rooftop terrace.
The simulation centre will be equipped with several model health-care settings such as a mock in-patient room, exam room, critical care unit and an operating room.
Plans also include development of three clinical teaching skills labs, which will feature a total of six beds and 14 exam tables.
Construction on the building, which is expected to secure LEED Silver certification, is planned to start in late 2014.
Columbia’s president, Lee Bollinger, said: "This new state-of-the-art facility for the school is another in a series of important steps forward not only for Columbia University Medical Center’s home campus in Washington Heights, but also for the university as a whole, as well as for our neighbours in northern Manhattan."
Apart from the Columbia University School of Nursing and College of Physicians & Surgeons, the medical centre includes the Mailman School of Public Health and the College of Dental Medicine.
Image: The new building will be constructed on the corner of 168th and Audubon Avenue. Photo: courtesy of Columbia University Medical Center.