Cost: $26.4 Million
Central Michigan University's College of Medicine opened in 2012 after years of debate over the addition's impact on exiting university classes and budgets. According to administrators, the medical school was founded with the purpose of producing physicians that would serve rural and urban communities, especially in Michigan and other Midwestern states. With the several local medical organizations that make up the CMU Medical Education Partners, the College of Medicine welcomed its inaugural class in 2013.
The College of Medicine is housed in a $19.4 million addition to the Health Professions Building, located on the corner of Preston Avenue and East Campus Drive. It comprises 60,000 square feet and houses clinical exam rooms, group study rooms, simulation rooms, and anatomy labs. In addition, the Board of Trustees approved the construction of a $7 million research laboratory complex, which was built by Clark Construction Company of Lansing. The College of Medicine Building earned a Gold Certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
The opening ceremonies on August 4, 2013 featured speeches from CMU President Ross and founding Dean of the College of Medicine Ernest Yoder. Mark Nepo, a poet and philosopher, gave a speech as well. There was also a blessing performed by members of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. Upon its opening, CMU's College of Medicine was the 137th medical school in the United States. 57 of the first 64 students were indeed from Michigan, and the college has a full capacity of 400 students.
The College of Medicine located on Central Michigan University's Mt. Pleasant campus is only one part of the training facilities for medical students at CMU. The University also has a separate facility in Saginaw. Built by the Barton Mallow Company of Southfield, the East Campus facility was completed in 2015 at a cost of $25.2 million.