258,000-square-foot-building will add much-needed academic and clinic space to University Campus

DECEMBER 7, 2009

WHAT: The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) will launch another dramatic expansion of the University Campus with a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction for the Advanced Education and Clinical Practice Center (AECPC) on December 7. To be built next to another recent addition to campus—the Patient/Visitor Parking Garage—the seven-story AECPC will add more than 250,000 square feet of clinic, office and classroom space for the benefit of both the Medical School and its clinical partner, UMass Memorial Health Care. Construction is anticipated to be complete in two years.

As currently conceived, the AECPC will house:

  • The UMMS Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation: Essential to keeping UMMS on the forefront of health sciences education, the Center will offer the latest in an array of simulation technology, including virtual reality trainers and simulation mannequins, and will also incorporate the institution’s renowned Standardized Patient Program.
  • The recently established Clinical and Translational Science Department: The new department, which fosters collaboration among existing clinical and basic science entities with the goal of shortening the time between laboratory breakthroughs and clinical applications, is integral to the institution’s research vision.
  • UMass Memorial clinical space: UMass Memorial will occupy two floors of the AECPC, with plans to accommodate two separate ambulatory clinics, most likely for oncology and heart and vascular services. The clinic space will incorporate state-of-the-art patient care resources.
  • Additional space for campus support services

Consigli Construction, a construction manager and general contractor serving academic, corporate, health sciences, and institutional clients throughout New England, will provide both pre-construction and construction services for the project. Consigli previously completed a number of construction projects on behalf of UMMS and UMass Memorial, including the Patient/Visitor Parking Garage to which the Advanced Education and Clinical Practice Center will be connected.

Payette Associates, one of the nation’s premier architect/engineering firms for health care and academic institutions, will serve as the project architect. Payette Associates most recently completed the design of the University Campus façade replacement, new lobbies and entrances and the exterior of the Duddie Massad Emergency and Trauma Center.

WHO: Guests include senior leadership, faculty and staff.
Speakers include:
Aaron Lazare, MD, Chancellor and Dean, UMass Medical School
Stephen Lenhardt, Vice President for Management and Fiscal Affairs and Treasurer, University of Massachusetts
John G. O’Brien, President and CEO, UMass Memorial Health Care
Timothy Fitzpatrick, Associate Vice Chancellor for Master Space Planning, UMass Medical School
Anthony Consigli, President, Consigli Construction
Ian Adamson, Principal Architect, Payette Associates

WHEN: Thursday, December 7, 2006
10:30–11:30 a.m., speaking program; a light breakfast will be served.

WHERE: University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01655
The groundbreaking ceremony will be held in the tent in the fenced construction area adjacent to the Patient/Visitor Parking Garage. In the event of severe weather, festivities will be moved to the Medical School Lobby. Press parking will be available.