Volume 24 No. 1 January 2000
|Facilities Upgrade Planned for Medical School Facilities|
The Stanford University board of trustees has endorsed a $185-million, five-year plan to build a new medical and graduate education building, overhaul Lane Library and renovate existing research space in the Grant, Lane and Alway buildings near Stanford Hospital and Clinics. University President Gerhard Casper and Medical School Dean Eugene Bauer, have been interviewing architects for the project and hope to have a conceptual design ready by this month, said David O'Brien, director of facilities and planning services for the school. Construction will be phased in over five years, with the first phase - installation of plumbing, electrical systems and other infrastructure - to start next summer, O'Brien said.
The centerpiece of the project is the construction of a new education building on the site of the aging Edwards Building, built when the school moved from San Francisco to Palo Alto in 1959.
The new education building will include teaching space, student services and administrative offices. The Lane Building, including the Lane Library, wil be overhauled and portions of the Alway and Grant buildings will be renovated to provide upgraded space for research laboratories.
The project funding is expected to come from various sources, said Michael Hindery, senior associate dean for finance and administration. The school plans to assume some $30 million in debt for the construction and to raise an additional $105 million in private funding, he said. The balance will come from school and department reserves, he added.
The project will satisfy requirements of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the national licensing body for medical schools, which has criticized the school for inadequacies in instructional facilities and the library, Hindery said.
Before construction can begin, the project must pass muster with the city of Palo Alto. Because the land is within the city limits, the project is not subject to Santa Clara County's general use permit, which governs development on the university campus, Hindery said.