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Creating a New Medical School

The Commonwealth Medical College
Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA

“This building is wonderful. It represents so much. It springs forth from solid foundations. It has already changed the landscape and it screams out proudly that TCMC is here and is pointing toward the future.”

Lois Nora, MD, JD
Interim President and Dean, The Commonwealth Medical College

This new college attracts and keeps physicians in the area while providing an important economic engine.

The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) is a freestanding, independent medical school with no university affiliation. This unique structure allows it to partner with different health science programs. Graduates are credentialed, community physicians trained in evidence-based medicine.

The 64,000-sq.-ft. research space has 35 laboratories that support 16 principal investigators for wet research and four PIs for bioinformatics. The flexible labs, stairways and common areas offer ample amounts of natural light and promote collaboration.

The west research wing and east educational wing surround a shared courtyard. This space between the two buildings acts as a hub where students gather and socialize at the grand porch, a courtyard and a café.

The ground floor of the north structure contains a simulation facility with 12 mock exam rooms for standardized patients – actors portraying patients – and several suites for simulated surgical procedures using high-fidelity robotics.

Sustainable design strategies include rainwater collection for the gardens, indigenous landscape material, a heat recovery system, carbon dioxide and occupancy sensors, high performance glazing, integrated daylight control through honeycombed transom glazing and the use of local stone.


LEED Silver anticipated


194,260 sq. ft. / 59,200 sq. m.


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