Centerbrook designed the Frank H. Netter, M.D. School of Medicine on Quinnipiac University’s North Haven Campus, a 104-acre site where the firm had developed a Master Plan and previously designed several other health and graduate facilities. The School of Medicine is the second phase of a Center for Medicine, which encompasses the university’s School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing.


The preeminent project on the site, the new medical school required the reconfiguration of, as well as an addition to an existing 140,000-square-foot office building that connects it on three floors with the two other health-related schools that are housed in an adjacent building. Centerbrook transformed a sprawling series of disjointed corporate office buildings into a coherent and welcoming home for students seeking advanced degrees in medicine, nursing, education, the law, and social sciences.

The medical school’s state-of-the-art facility features an operating room suite with two additional high fidelity simulation rooms, 48 pro-section stations, 16 standardized patient rooms, multiple team study rooms, student lounges, 17 additional classrooms and 10 seminar rooms that seat from 12 to 15 students.

All three schools now share a formal grand entrance in the new addition that links them together. A main lobby affords access to a 350-seat auditorium, two 150-seat lecture halls, several seminar/team study rooms, and an all-hours study space. The addition also houses the airy and naturally lit medical library on its top floor. An outdoor terrace and multiple vegetated roofs provide open air amenities seldom found in medical schools.

The facility provides student-centered educational space for all of the health professions enrollees. The three schools are committed to developing an inter-professional model for training of the future healthcare workforce with an emphasis on primary care and global public health. Quinnipiac has joined Yale University and the University of Connecticut as the third such institution in Connecticut. The North Haven Campus is also the site of the new home for the university’s School of Law. Adding a medical school to Quinnipiac University’s other graduate programs further advances its national reputation: of 3,600 peer institutions nationwide, only 89 have both a law and medical school.

On a recent tour, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said, “The degree of engineering and architecture and attention to detail that has gone into this facility is quite remarkable; what’s inside, as far as the latest modern equipment, is also impressive.”

“We are, once again, proud to assist Quinnipiac in building on its strength in the health professions,” said Centerbrook Partner Jefferson B. Riley, FAIA. “This new center was designed to facilitate the cross-disciplinary collaboration that is so critical to the medical profession today. We also designed it to be a sociable and restorative home-away-from-home for students logging long, intensive hours toward their degrees, a home that is uplifting and celebrates life and well-being.”

Founded in 1929 as a two-year college, today Quinnipiac is a major university with 5,700 undergraduates and 2,500 graduate students. National rankings place it in the top tier of American universities and frequently cite the allure of its campus and modern facilities. Centerbrook has designed more than 45 projects on Quinnipiac’s three campuses since the late 1970s.

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