Campus Revitalization

Building Tomorrow's Campus, Leading Tomorrow's Medicine

For more than a century, Columbia University has been a premier destination for extraordinary medical and graduate education and training. Today, in keeping with rapid advances in science and technology, Columbia University Medical Center is undertaking a bold new effort to provide state-of-the-art learning facilities to benefit the CUMC community and beyond.

This exciting initiative builds firmly upon a distinguished legacy of intellectual achievement in medical science and practice at Columbia. With growing vital support from our partners, we now have the unique opportunity to create a more vibrant, cohesive and greener campus that will offer the best Columbia experience inside and out—for patients, faculty, students, and all those who come to CUMC.  

At the heart of this effort is the Medical and Graduate Education Building, a 14-story glass tower that will provide a modern home for our faculty and students. The building broke ground in September 2013, and will feature areas for study and relaxation to foster the innovation and teamwork required to lead the future of medicine. Its pioneering design, featured in a number of top publications, has been described as “eye-catching” and “a major landmark in the skyline of northern Manhattan.” The need to facilitate the development of skills essential for modern medical practice is thoughtfully reflected throughout the space. The jewel of this new building will be a high-tech Simulation Center that will enable students to hone their abilities to deliver effective and efficient patient care before they step into real-world settings.

Highlights of the new building include:

  • Design by world-renown architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro
  • 100,000 square feet of high-tech classrooms and innovative learning spaces
  • New auditorium and event spaces, with integrated technology
  • Centralized student support services, public lounges, and café
  • Outdoor terraces and patio with stunning views of the Hudson River
  • A target of LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council

To learn more about this exciting effort, please contact Suzanne Altshuler, Senior Director of Development, at or (212) 342-4605.

Editor's Note: Please note building renderings are conceptual designs.