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Old Posted May 21, 2014, 5:47 AM
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Columbia’s Medical Center gets face lift with new buildings

From left: Renderings of Columbia Medical Center’s Medical and Graduate Education building and nursing school

Two new structures on the Columbia Medical Center campus — a glass tower overlooking the George Washington Bridge and a new building for the nursing school — are to transform the L-shaped cluster of buildings that line the Hudson River.

The center’s future Medical and Graduate Education building, a 100,000-square-foot, $77 million glass tower, is already underway. And work on the school’s new nursing school, a 70,000-square-foot, $40 million structure that will rise on what is now a faculty parking lot on the west side of Audubon Avenue between West 167th and 168th streets, will begin later this year.
“The goal is to make it as state-of-the-art as it was in the 1920s, when the campus was created as a model for medical education,” Dean Lee Goldman told the Wall Street Journal. “Medical education has shifted from the old days, when it was focused on lectures, to lots of simulation.”

The school’s main simulation center will be located one level beneath the lobby level, while the upper floors will house lecture halls, smaller simulation classrooms and an anatomy lab for performing autopsies, the Journal reported.
The nursing school, which has long occupied a dormitory building a half-block away at 617 West 168th Street, will span three stories in its new locale and be about 65 percent larger than the current space.
May 20, 2014
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