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Why are we undertaking this project?
The CVM Pre-Clinical Class Expansion Project is a facility renovation and new construction project that will enable the College to address the following key factors:
- limited access to a Cornell veterinary education for New York State students;
- competitive disadvantage and a declining impact among top-tier institutions;
- need for additional revenue to replace decline in New York State funding; and,
- existing hospital capacity to train additional Cornell veterinary students.
This capital project will allow the College to maximize the capacity of the teaching hospitals with Cornell-trained students. Currently, we train approximately 120 students during the fourth year, but only just over 100 of those students have completed their pre-clinical studies at Cornell. With this renovation, Cornell will be able to train 120 students in each of the pre-clinical years. Once fully implemented, Cornell's DVM enrollment will stand at approximately 480 students in total, or 120 students per class year. The entering class enrollment for the past two years has been 102 students. The facility project will include renovation and expansion of classrooms, teaching laboratories, cafeteria, locker rooms and shower facilities. The project will also create a new entrance off Tower Road that will unite the entrances for Schurman Hall, the Veterinary Education Center, and the Veterinary Research Tower and establish appropriate public atrium space for large gatherings and presentations.
This project will enable the nation's top-ranked veterinary school to train more (although still significantly fewer than its peers) students. Most importantly, this project empowers Cornell to make more seats available for students from New York State, as roughly two-thirds of the expanded pre-clinical class size will be reserved for residents of New York.
What will we gain?
To effectively use space, the project will create "zones" throughout the College's footprint, clustering similar activities (teaching, discovery, and service) and creating appropriate access for the public and members of the Cornell community.
To ensure that we can efficiently and effectively support larger pre-clinical class sizes, the project will include construction of two new lecture halls and a large classroom.
To provide comfortable and learning-appropriate spaces, the project will address Schurman hall needs in targeted areas, including the HVAC system, infrastructure challenges, and life safety needs.
To develop a sense of space and foster a 21st century culture, the project will create a series of major public spaces, lounges, and study rooms that will enhance the sense of community and promote interaction and collaboration.
In addition, the project will upgrade restrooms, locker rooms, and the cafeteria.