Planning for Success
Designing for Medical Education
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine has maintained a high ranking among medical research and clinical institutions, all while located in a facility designed to support a very different era in medical teaching methods. Now, having completed an initial planning study, Flad Architects and partners The S/L/A/M Collaborative are engaged in the design of a new medical education building to replace the 1960s-era existing facility, in anticipation of future growth in the medical school from a current class size of 180 students to 230 students.
Enabling one of the largest medical school class sizes in the country has challenged Flad to expand the physical scope and scale of the program to accommodate significant growth, while maintaining the school's singularly service-oriented and inclusive culture.
Projected to open in 2022, the new building will expand on a curriculum model organized around team-based learning. Flexible classrooms will accommodate several scales of learning – lectures, seminars, working groups, and independent study. Spaces such as those for anatomy, microbiology, and simulation will be adaptable and technologically advanced, allowing for later shifts in use and changing priorities. A diversity of support spaces will also provide students and faculty with space for socializing and informal learning, encouraging an already robust academic community.
February 09, 2017