The new Education and Research Building at the Temple University School of Medicine (SOM) in Philadelphia is outfitted with leading-edge technologies that anticipate rapid advancements in medical education. Virtual learning systems, clinical simulation exam rooms, configurable classrooms, interdisciplinary encounter areas, and collaborative laboratory spaces are some of the innovations designed into the new 480,000-sf facility. At the same time, the building facilitates growth, both academic and technical, in Temple's research, education, and patient care.
The towering, yet warm and contemporary structure houses comfortable classrooms and lecture halls that embrace the traditional methods of medical teaching while allowing for state-of-the-art, emerging, and future methodology to flourish. This flexibility will continue to attract potential faculty and students well into the future. For example, some classrooms utilize moveable walls to configure 30-seat classrooms into series of clusters. Rooms can be reconfigured into flexible combinations of 30-, 60-, and 120-seat spaces to meet the requirements of students and faculty. With both small-group learning spaces and two 250-seat lecture halls, the SOM is well positioned to adapt to future teaching methods.
Innovative research environments stimulate the collaboration that is necessary for future medical breakthroughs. Interdisciplinary research is quickly becoming the primary direction for new therapies. The Education and Research Building provides 250,000 sf of flexible research space including clinical examination rooms, support rooms, a 48-table anatomy lab, and a complete full floor vivarium. The combined library for the Health Sciences Center consolidates medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, and related health profession library resources into one unified resource that is supported by a strong technological infrastructure. The prominent location on the southeast corner of the building maximizes convenience to users and is accessible around the clock. These foresighted research facilities significantly reinforce the School’s clinical and science research goals and will attract the most respected physician-scientists.
The upper administrative offices consolidate the Dean’s Suite with Academic & Faculty Affairs, Clinical Trials, and Continuing Medical Education & Development. The Dean’s oval conference room, which can seat up to 40 people, has already become an important focal point for the School and a meeting place of choice. The top floor location, with its spectacular views, the auditoria to the north, the transparency of the commons, the glass curved offices set against warm brick, and the oval learning tower all signify a new, progressive Temple School of Medicine to inspire the finest researchers and educators, welcoming them to Temple’s Health Sciences Campus and Center City Philadelphia.