Tour the transformed Taubman Library Sept.16 at grand re-opening

August 13, 2015  //  FOUND IN: Announcements,

Following an 18-month renovation that transformed the A. Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library (THSL) from a traditional book repository into a natural light-filled medical education hub that supports in-person, collaborative, active learning, the University of Michigan Medical School and U-M Library will co-host a grand re-opening of the facility on Sept. 16.

Medical School Dean James O. Woolliscroft, M.D., and other University officials will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 16 to officially christen the new THSL. At 2 p.m., faculty, staff, students and the general public are invited to tour the building and see how the U-M has vastly improved learning facilities for its medical, graduate and health professions students. The opportunity to tour parts of the building not usually open to the public will end at 4 p.m.

Click the image above to learn more about the A. Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library

Click the image above to learn more about the A. Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library

Key features of the new Taubman Health Sciences Library:

  • It stands on the site where U-M’s second hospital began taking patients in 1891 — one year after the Medical School adopted a then-revolutionary four-year curriculum.
  • Learning spaces are spread over five levels of the building — two below street level.
  • Learning technologies include a large touch-screen table for exploring human anatomy virtually, and facilities for teleconferencing and computer-based testing.
  • The Clinical Skills Suite includes 30 realistic patient care rooms complete with simulated medical technology, and facilities for the trained medical actors — called “standardized patients” and actual patients who help medical students learn and test hands-on skills.
  • In addition to the library, the entrance level includes a new café with coffee and light fare.
  • A medical student lounge offers kitchen facilities and entertainment options.
  • An all-glass exterior of nearly 18,000 square feet of low-e glass replaced the former windowless brick walls on all sides of the building, providing natural illumination.
  • About 6,000 square feet were added in the renovation, including a monumental staircase.
  • A wide array of “green building” features make the building eligible for Gold LEED status, a measure of environmentally conscious facility construction and operation.
  • The building has indoor connections on several levels to other Medical School buildings.
  • Construction teams used 1,700 tons of concrete, recycled 1,780 tons of material, and installed more than 67 miles of data cable and 2,011 data jacks.

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