A Building for Excellence

architect's drawing of atriumPlanned by a steering committee of students and faculty from all four colleges at Upstate (Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine and Nursing), the Setnor Academic Building is also the beneficiary of visits to and reviews of other clinical skills teaching facilities in the Northeast and across the country.

In addition to a floor devoted to a Clinical Skills Teaching Center with 22 exam rooms and a closed-circuit video monitoring area, the building will feature flexible space that can be used for many different needs as the curriculum evolves.

“One of our challenges with curriculum reform has been that we lacked certain facilities on campus,” says Cleary. “We need flexible space that can work for a class of 60 or a group of 25.”

The new building will solve that need. There are six new classrooms. Five of them can be divided with the touch of a switch, and three will have alcoves for small-group demonstration of physical exams. State-of-the art technological support will be available throughout the building, including wireless access and LCD projectors.

The glass atrium, called the “Winter Commons,” connects the new building to Weiskotten Hall, and is conducive to informal study groups or interaction with faculty. A coffee bar provides refreshments and will become a casual gathering place.

A bridge over the atrium at the third-floor level connects to a renovated classroom corridor of Weiskotten, creating a natural collection of rooms perfect for conferences.

The building will feature an office suite for faculty in the Practice of Medicine course, and a new home for the Medical Alumni Association. Located on the first floor, close to the entrance of the new Setnor Academic Building, the office is easily accessible to alumni visiting campus, and students using the Career Advisory Network.