New VCU School of Medicine Education Building
Faculty, staff, and students are welcomed by 100 feet of 70-year-old murals mounted in the first floor atrium. The murals were removed from the A.D. Williams Clinic in May 2010 prior to it's demolition. [History and restoration of murals.]
The building’s flexible learning environments are a vital element in the medical school’s innovative curriculum redesign, which features integrated learning modules, earlier exposure to clinical experience and multidisciplinary training.
Two floors of the building are home to the Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety, a state-of-the-art facility serving medical student, resident, and continuing medical education. The building also supports the discovery mission of the School with two floors dedicated to cancer research and additional space for structural biology.
The James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center has been built to meet the United States Green Building Council’s criteria for LEED Silver certification. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the council’s leading rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient and high-performing buildings.
The VCU School of Medicine Education Building opened in March 2013. The building, on which construction began in September 2010, is a state-of-the-art facility that will enable the school to increase class size and transform medical education. The 200,000-square-foot, 12-story building will be located on the site of the A.D. Williams Building, at the corner of 12th & Marshall Streets.
The dean of VCU’s School of Medicine, Dr. Jerome Strauss, said the James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center means a new curriculum, one that will set the standard for American medical education. “The project, when completed, will influence medicine in the commonwealth and indeed the entire country for the next 100 years."