Thanks to a new building, UCR will train more physicians to practice in underserved Inland Southern California
By Ross French
F ollowing two years of construction, the new School of Medicine Education Building II, or SOM Ed II, has officially opened its doors. The five-story building is the result of a multiyear process that began shortly after the school received full accreditation from the Association of American Medical College’s Liaison Committee on Medical Education in 2017. The new building will allow the School of Medicine to accommodate more students and further support its mission to improve access to healthcare in Inland Southern California.
Working with the UC Regents and state legislators to secure funding, UCR received approval to initiate planning for the building from the UC Regents Health Services Committee in October 2019 and the Finance and Capital Strategies Committee in January 2020. Building design and planning began in 2019, with members of the SOM Ed II Working Group meeting with staff from the UCR Office of Planning, Design, and Construction. UC Regents gave final approval for the building in March 2021, including the selection of Hensel Phelps Construction/CO Architects as the design-build partner.
Official groundbreaking ceremonies were held on Oct. 22, 2021. The ribbon cutting ceremony was held a month shy of two years later on Sept. 26, 2023. The project cost approximately $100 million to complete. Here’s a look at some of the building’s state-of-the-art features and how it will support UCR’s future physicians.
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