School of Medicine Announces New Building Plan

From the first modern blood transfusion to the first at-home test for colon cancer, Case Western Reserve’s School of Medicine has been making medical history for nearly 170 years. Now, the school has announced plans for a $50 million medical education and research building to match its reputation for innovation and leadership.

The design of the estimated 165,000-square-foot building will fit the school’s small-group approach to learning, with more flexible academic space, modern anatomy labs, wired lecture halls and collaborative study areas.

The new building also will allow the school to increase its class size modestly to answer calls to help address national physician shortages. Finally, it is expected to house programs like the Mt. Sinai Skills and Simulation Center and Weatherhead Institute for Family Medicine and Community Health.

Two $10 million gifts from the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation and the Cleveland Foundation—each the largest in the respective organization’s history—launched the project in September. Additional individual supporters, including Constance and James W. Brown and Ruth S. and Michael D. Eppig, have taken project funding past the halfway point.