Partners break ground on new science center at St. Norbert College
A May 10 groundbreaking marked the ceremonial start to construction on a key facility in the Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Community Medical Education Program in the Green Bay region. MCW President and CEO John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, and Dean of the Medical School and Executive Vice President Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, joined leaders from St. Norbert College to commemorate the founding of the Gehl-Mulva Science Center on the north side of the St. Norbert campus.
The state-of-the-art science center will house MCW’s Green Bay-area medical education program class rooms, administrative offices and learning laboratories. Other components of the Green Bay campus will be housed at the Bellin College of Nursing and Radiological Sciences. Additionally, the program will engage faculty from St. Norbert, Bellin College and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to deliver a top quality curriculum to community-based medical students.
The Gehl-Mulva Science Center will total 150,000 square feet, comprising a complete renovation of the 50-year-old science building and a 57,800-square-foot addition. It will feature 36 laboratories for research and teaching, small-group workrooms and informal collaborative spaces, a solar voltaic panel and other green technologies, a state-of-the-art greenhouse, a science gallery, and displays honoring the scientific contributions of Norbertines including noted biologist the Rev. Anselm Keefe, O.Praem.
The building plans feature 6,600 square feet of dedicated space that MCW will own via a condominium agreement that is being developed between MCW and St. Norbert. The estimated cost to construct this space is approximately $2.6 million.
MCW is pursuing a grant from the Wisconsin Building Commission to cover half the capital expenses of constructing and outfitting its space in the Gehl-Mulva Science Center. In the coming months, MCW and St. Norbert will also work to forge a number of agreements to provide MCW with access to shared spaces in the science center and enable the MCW to use existing St. Norbert services, which will further minimize costs of establishing and operating the Community Medical Education Program.
MCW is also working with Bellin College to design a simulation and skills lab to serve the educational needs of both institutions and facilitate opportunities for interprofessional collaboration and learning. Current plans call for MCW to develop a standardized patient program that will be anchored at Bellin College to serve the educational needs of medical students at the MCW Green Bay campus.
Scenes from the groundbreaking
Photos courtesy of St. Norbert College