Helping Address a Primary Care Shortage

Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, Quinnipiac University

The Association of American Medical Colleges projects that by 2020, our nation’s health care sector will face a shortage of 45,000 primary care physicians. With the opening of its new Frank H. Netter MD Medical School, Quinnipiac University is responding to this reality facing an aging and growing population. With an explicit focus on primary care, the medical school is helping fill this current and growing void.

The project transformed a 150,000-square-foot office building on Quinnipiac’s North Haven graduate campus into a world class medical facility. The three-story building was designed to be used by students from across academic disciplines, including the School of Health Sciences and the School of Nursing. Quinnipiac’s medical students are thus part of a learning environment where they learn to become effective members of a primary health care team.

The medical school facility features:

  • 54-table Human Anatomy Lab
  • two operating rooms
  • a 300-seat auditorium – the largest on campus
  • two 150-seat lecture halls
  • a 100-person multipurpose room with a video feed from the 300-seat auditorium
  • single faculty offices
  • a clinical skills assessment complex
  • 16 examination rooms for students to interact with patient actors
  • six student medical school offices available 24 hours a day
  • a vending room
  • pathologist assistant labs
  • six large classrooms
  • an 80-body morgue
  • a conference room
  • various study areas

The project also upgraded the campus electrical infrastructure, including a 13.8kV loop distribution system and a new 1,250 kW generator and underground distribution system.  BVH’s mechanical scope included an expansion of the boiler plant; new cooling towers and condenser water pumps; underground condenser water distribution to the chiller plant; new custom air handling units and heat recovery systems; an atrium smoke exhaust system, and new medical gas systems.

The School of Medicine welcomed its first class in August 2013 and will have approximately 500 students when it reaches full capacity.


Centerbrook Architects and Planners

Size / Cost

150,000 SF / $39.5 million


electrical, fire protection, mechanical, plumbing, site utility