Medical school opens next summer

MacKenzie Malone

The future home of the School of Medicine in the North Haven campus should be complete by the summer of 2013, according to facilities.

Construction on the Health Profession Center at Quinnipiac’s North Haven Campus, designed for 500 students, began last month, Associate Vice President for Facilities Administration Joe Rubertone said.

A majority of the construction revolves around renovations to two of the buildings, which will be connected by a three-story atrium. In total, 15,000 new square feet will be added on to the already 120,000-square-foot structure.

The state of the art facility will include operating rooms, clinical skills areas, a morgue and several classrooms. The atrium will feature an outdoor patio on the second story, as well as a third-floor library.

Sophomore psychology major Chelsey Rodriguez wishes she could have classes in the new medical school.

“I envy the students that get to learn in the new medical facility,” Rodriguez said. “I think the new technology and everything will be great assets to the learning environment.”

One of the highlights of the design will be a 350-seat auditorium that can be used by everyone, not just students in the health science, nursing or medical schools.

“We want [students] to recognize how important it is for medical people to be a team,” Rubertone said. “We want to create a place that will foster interaction between professions.”

The construction itself will have minimal effects on current health science and nursing students.

The North Haven campus currently houses the School of Nursing, the School of Health Sciences and the School of Education.

The campus will also serve as future home to the School of Law. Work on that part of the campus is set to go into serious planning within the next six months.