DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - The Duke University School of Medicine is
The Herald-Sun of Durham reported Saturday that the university
plans to add an 84,000-square-foot Learning Center as part of an
$800 million expansion.
The expansion will increase space for hospital beds, research
and teaching by about 20 percent.
Construction on the Learning Center will begin after the first
of the year and be completed in 2013.
Officials say the new building will have moveable walls to
reflect a change in training doctors from having a single physician
manage a person's health care to a team approach. One floor will be
able to convert from mock clinical exam rooms to surgery suites to
The new building also will centralize medical school facilities
that have been spread across campus.