PHILADELPHIA -- After groundbreaking
ceremonies on April 17, 2004 for its first new building in 25 years
in Philadelphia, Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine announced a
$100 million fund raising campaign, "Building New Levels of
Excellence," the largest in the School's history. The School has
raised $79 million toward the goal from the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania, other government sources, private foundations, and
individual donors and anticipates to complete the campaign in 2006.
"The centerpiece of this campaign is
the Teaching and Research Building for our Philadelphia campus,"
says Alan M. Kelly, The Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine.
"This building is vital to us as we expand our mission of teaching,
research, and healing. Most of our classrooms are antiquated, many
research laboratories are old and cramped, and our clinicians are in
overcrowded offices. To maintain our leadership role in veterinary
medicine, we need this new building."
The four-story Teaching and Research
Building will be erected adjacent to the Veterinary School on a lot
bound by Baltimore, Woodland and University Avenues. It is designed
by Ballinger/Polshek Partnership Architects. The building, estimated
to cost about $54 million, will serve as the new academic center of
the School in Philadelphia. It will contain five floors, including a
vivarium in the basement, two floors of teaching and library space,
and two floors of research laboratories. Construction will begin in
June of 2004. The building will be ready for occupancy in the fall
Other important goals of the campaign
include the construction and outfitting of the Scott Equine Sports
Medicine Building at New Bolton Center, construction of an imaging
and radiation therapy center at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary
Hospital, additional endowed professorships, increase in
scholarship endowments, faculty research fund endowment, and a host
of other projects benefiting students, patients, and the advancement
of veterinary and human medicine.