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University of Utah Breaks Ground on Innovative New Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine Building

Spencer Fox Eccles stands with a shovel at the future site of the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine at University of Utah.
Spencer Fox Eccles stands with a shovel at the future site of the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine at University of Utah.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — The University of Utah recently broke ground on the new home for its Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine. The $185-million facility has been made possible, in part, by funds from a landmark gift of $110 million from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation and the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation. The gift provides support not only for the building, but also medical education programs and cardiovascular research.

The new 185,000-square-foot building will become the hub of the University of Utah's nationally recognized health sciences campus. Once open, the facilities will accelerate the school's ability to provide high quality medical education, advanced research, and patient care, while the added support from the foundations' dramatically increases the school's endowment and powers critical research.

Construction of the U's new medical education building was approved by the Utah State Legislature in 2017 with a $50-million commitment, and an additional $60-million appropriation was approved earlier this year. More than $50 million in added philanthropic pledges for the project have also been secured. Jacobsen Construction is building the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine, which is expected to be complete in 2025.

"The incredible impact of the University of Utah's health sciences program in education, research, and care across the Intermountain West is a source of great pride for the entire state," said Utah Governor Spencer J. Cox. "This new facility will make a major difference in our ability to address the growing need for top-tier doctors in the state, especially in our rural areas."

"I have long believed that no state or region can become truly great without a world-class medical center at its nucleus," said Spencer F. Eccles, namesake of the School and Chairman & CEO of both the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation and the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation. "We hope this seminal grant — the largest ever awarded by our foundations — will help ensure the university not only provides the highest quality medical education for the doctors who serve Utah and the entire Intermountain West, but also furthers the excellence of health care for all our citizens and impacts the future of medicine through its groundbreaking research."

Plans for the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine building are focused in three major areas:

  • Global Health - With significant funding from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the building's Global Health Pavilion will enable faculty and students to expand their efforts to provide health care to more people in need, both within and beyond the boundaries of the U.S. It will provide a central hub for many global health-focused groups that are currently scattered throughout the campus, enabling groups to continue to improve the quality of health care in less-developed areas.
  • Core Medical Education (Core Med) - Intermountain Healthcare has awarded a grant for the building's core medical education spaces, including adaptive classrooms that are increasingly important as medical curriculum changes over time. The building will also include a new Advanced Simulation Center and Anatomy Lab.
  • Collaboration Spaces - Nearly 15 percent of the building will be "common areas," designed to foster collaboration among students, faculty, and the state's medical community. It will house the school's Center for Interprofessional Experiential Learning, weaving important interaction between working medical professionals, students, and faculty into medical education.

University of Utah Health is the only academic medical center in the Mountain West, providing patient care for nearly 10 percent of the geographic area of the continental United States. The construction of the medical education building is expected to drive the most critical evolution in the medical school's history and be used across three primary areas: education, research, and clinical care.

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