Columbia Medical Dedicates New Center

The new 100,000 square foot graduate education building on the Columbia Medical campus.

NEW YORK — Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) is constructing a new, state-of-the-art medical and graduate education building that will be named the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center.  The building, on the CUMC campus in Northern Manhattan, will officially open and begin use in August 2016.

The Vagelos Education Center, designed by the New York-based interdisciplinary design studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler as executive architect, is a 100,000 square-foot, 14-story glass tower that incorporates technologically advanced classrooms, collaboration spaces, and a modern simulation center to reflect how medicine is taught, learned, and practiced in the 21st century. The design seeks to reshape the look and feel of the Medical Center, and also create spaces that facilitate the development of skills essential for modern medical practice.

Construction began in September 2013, with an initial lead gift from P. Roy Vagelos, MD, a distinguished alumnus of Columbia’sCollege of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S), and his wife, Diana Vagelos, an alumna of Barnard College and the Vice Chair of the Trustees of Barnard College. The Vagelos Education Center was funded through the generosity of many committed friends, faculty and alumni donors.

“We are training the doctors who will deliver medical care, the scientists who will perform groundbreaking scientific research, and the teachers who will help train the future generation of physicians and scientists. It is important that their educational facilities are as exciting as medical science is today,” said Dr. Vagelos.

“We are so grateful for Roy and Diana’s dedication to Columbia, not only through their own generous gift for this important new education building, but also the inspiration they provide to others,” said Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger. “They are joined in this enduring commitment by Philip and Cheryl Milstein who have long supported so many parts of the university, from Morningside Heights to the Medical Center, and Mary Jaharis and the late Michael Jaharis and their family, for their long-established engagement with the Medical Center and this project. Because of their collective efforts we are adding another of several new architectural jewels on our campuses.”

In addition to the new Vagelos Education Center, initiatives to revitalize the campus include adding green space, creating a new gateway to the medical school, consolidating student services, renovating several existing buildings, and constructing new spaces, including the new home for the Columbia School of Nursing. The Vagelos Center will help define the northern edge of the campus and provide a bridge to the surrounding Washington Heights community.