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The Commonwealth Medical College “Springs Forward” with Construction of their Medical Sciences Building

Friday, February 27, 2020

The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) celebrated spring early this year by welcoming construction equipment, vehicles and workers onto the site of their future Medical Sciences Building to start the “big dig” and active construction of their building. Regional community leaders as well as medical school faculty, staff and administration were in attendance to commemorate this milestone for the development of the state-of-the-art Pennsylvania medical school.

“Today marks another milestone, another step forward for the future of The Commonwealth Medical College. We are so grateful to those individuals who continue to support our endeavor and especially those individuals who have had a direct hand in helping us start construction on this state-of-the-art building that will allow us to train the next generation of physicians. Without support from Senator Mellow and the state of Pennsylvania, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania and a consortium of local banks led by PNC, we would not have been able to get to this day,” stated Robert D’Alessandri, MD, President and Dean of The Commonwealth Medical College.

The construction of the Medical Sciences Building is expected to be complete by the spring of 2011. It will eventually serve more than 500 Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) students and 175 full-time equivalent faculty members, plus support personnel. The permanent site will include 185,000 square feet of space for classrooms, student support space and research facilities.

“Watching these construction vehicles begin work today is a wonderful visible sign of moving forward with an idea and a dream that has been in the works since 2003. This building will serve as a place for our future students to study, learn and discover and will serve as a symbol for many of us in the community of tremendous progress,” stated Robert Naismith, PhD, Vice Chairman, The Commonwealth Medical College Board of Directors.

TCMC finalized its acquisition of the nearly three-acre lot for the building in June 2008 and held a community ceremony to celebrate on the location in August 2008. In addition, on February 20th of this year, the school finalized the purchase of the former Scranton Steam Building which is adjacent to the site, to serve as the central utility plant building for the school. Until the permanent building is completed, the medical school is occupying temporary space at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania. This temporary space includes a state-of-the-art Clinical Skills and Simulation Center, the library, student affairs, classrooms, laboratories, small group rooms, bookstore, lecture halls, etc.

Funding for the building comes from a grant from the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, a leadership grant from Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania and remaining funding from a bond offering supported by a consortium of local banks including Community Bank & Trust, Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank, First Liberty Bank & Trust, First National Community Bank, North Penn Bank, Old Forge Bank, PNC Bank, Pennstar Bank, Peoples National Bank and The Honesdale National Bank which will allow the completion of construction.

The medical school began accepting applications for its charter class in October 2008. Since then, the new school has received over 1300 applications to fill its incoming class of Doctorate of Medicine (MD) and Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) students that will begin their programs in August.