Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) announced that its new, state-of-the-art medical and graduate education building will be named the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center. The building will be officially open and in use in August 2016.
The Vagelos Education Center, designed by 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’s College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S), and his wife, Diana Vagelos, an alumna of Barnard College and 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. Photo by Nic LeHoux, Courtesy of Diller Scofidio +Renfro.