1.  Where is the new Medical and Graduate Education Building located?
The new Vagelos Education Center is located at 104 Haven Avenue, between 171st and 172nd streets.


2.  Why is the building needed? 
Recent advances in medical technology and science have made it imperative that Columbia Medical Center update its educational facilities. The Vagelous Education Center is the first major update of our educational infrastructure in nearly 50 years. It will provide much-needed classroom, simulation, and training facilities that reflect how medicine is taught, learned, and practiced in the 21st century. 


3.  What distinctive features will be included in the building?
The Vagelos Education Center features:

  • 100,000 square feet of high-tech classroom facilities
  • Advanced simulation center for immersive, simulation-based medical education
  • Innovative learning spaces, for both collaboration and quiet study
  • New auditorium and event spaces with integrated technology
  • Centralized student support services
  • Lounges, café, and student commons
  • Space configuration that allows optimal daylight into classroom and public spaces
  • Wide range of sustainable features, designed to obtain LEED Gold certification


4.  Who is the architect?
Multi-disciplinary designers Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Lead Designer) have brought their signature progressive design-thinking and artistry to the design of the Vagelos Education Center. Working in collaboration with Gensler Architects (Executive Architect), they have designed a cohesive and aesthetically stunning new building that will incorporate lounges, meeting areas and other social spaces to improve the experience of patients, faculty, students and visitors.


5.  What are the dimensions of the building?
The building is approximately 223ft. high up to the mechanical equipment and 14 stories above ground.


6.  Will the facilities be open to the public?
As is current practice, Columbia will coordinate with the community to make space available whenever possible.


7.  When did construction start and end?
Demolition of the 106 Haven was completed at the end of 2012. Construction of the Vagelos Education Center began in September of 2013 and was completed in August of 2016.


8.  How did Columbia minimize construction impacts on neighbors during construction?
Construction of the Vagelos Education Center used clean construction techniques that included air and dust mitigation, noise and pest monitoring, and waste management, as part of a comprehensive strategy to be environmentally sustainable throughout and after the life of the project. The University also coordinated with city agencies to minimize potential parking and traffic impacts, as well as to maximize pedestrian-friendly areas.

9.  What impact will the Vagelos Education Center have on the environment?
Columbia is committed to using sustainable design and aims to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for the Vagelos Education Center. LEED, an internationally recognized green building certification system, provides third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built to improve performance in energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources.


10.  Will jobs be available under this project?
Yes. As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, Columbia University is committed to ensuring that minority-, women-, and locally owned (MWL) businesses participate fully in Columbia’s contracting opportunities. 


11.  Who should I contact for more information about this project?
For general questions about the project, please e-mail us at CUMCEducationBldg@columbia.edu.

For media inquiries about the building, please e-mail the CUMC Office of Communications & Public Affairs at cumcnews@columbia.edu.

For Facilities-related questions, concerns or requests, please e-mail CUMC Facilities Management at cumc.facilities@columbia.edu.