Medical Education Research Facility

Medical Education Research Facility

What You'll Find Here

  • Medical Scientist Training Program
  • Office of Admissions, Carver College of Medicine
  • Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum, Carver College of Medicine 

Amenities

Abbreviation: 
MERF
Number: 
0447
Address: 
375 Newton Road
Formal Name: 
Medical Education Research Facility
Year: 
2002
Architect: 
Payette Associates, Boston, Massachusetts / Baldwin White Architects, Des Moines, Iowa
Historical: 

The Medical Education and Research Facility and its adjacent partner, the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver Biomedical Research Building (2005), provide classroom, laboratory, and research space for work in genetics, cardiovascular health, and respiratory diseases as well as a home for the departments of internal medicine, pediatrics, otolaryngology, and physiology. These facilities, built to operate as one, provide a significant advancement in teaching and research on the Medical Campus.
MERF commands attention with its Postmodern freedom of expression, especially in the atrium where the regularized window arrangements and austere neo-Modernist treatment of the west wing gives way to an exuberant composition of cornices and sun baffles organized in ascending acute angles—all expressed in a towering ensemble of glass and prepatinated copper cladding. This sheathing draws attention to the building’s south end, which looks ready to take flight, penetrating and engaging the sky in the direction of General Hospital. This more fanciful component of the design is reminiscent of 1920s German Expressionist architecture, with the machine-standardized forms of the building’s flank being overridden to form an image of emotive viewer-appeal. The exterior thereby expresses the energy and optimism appropriate to the advancement of medical science. It also gestures dramatically and meaningfully toward General Hospital’s Gothic Tower, that grandiose architectural embodiment of the aspirations of an earlier epoch in medical science. The building stands as a new visual centerpiece for the Medical Campus. MERF received a 2003 Design Award from the New England Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
CBRB continues the combination of prepatinated copper and stone as the building form shifts to the east. This second structure creates the streetscape of Newton Road and represents the second of a three- stage creation of a large courtyard to anchor the heart of the Medical Campus.

Summary: 

The building is fully accessible to persons with disabilities.

Entrances: 
Wheelchair access is available from all directions. There are no physical barriers from Newton Road Ramp and sidewalks around the building are ADA compliant. The main entrances to the building are equipped with automatic door openers.
Parking: 
The nearest accessible parking is in the Newton Road Parking Ramp.
Restrooms: 
All restrooms are wheelchair accessible.
Elevators: 
Elevators are located at the south and north ends of the building.