As ironworkers placed the final steel girder atop the new Cooper Medical School of Rowan University on Monday, Congressman Rob Andrews joined local officials to highlight the local economic benefits and job growth stemming from the project.
With more than 90 ironworkers currently on the project and a need for an additional 200 construction jobs before its completion, the new medical school in Camden has provided an excellent source of job creation for our region. When the building project is complete, the school will have created over 100 new teaching, administrative, and maintenance jobs.
The new school, which will eventually serve 400 medical students, will welcome its first class of 50 in the fall of 2012. The six-story 200,000 square-foot building will contain classrooms, teaching and research labs, a gross anatomy lab, a vivarium, an auditorium, and administrative offices. The building itself is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards -- a distinction from the U.S. Green Building council.
"America leads the world in exporting great ideas and solutions to problems," said Congressman Andrews. "That is what we're good at -- and it involves the person who manufactures, and the person who transports, and the person who conceives, and the person who implements that idea. Great ideas are going to come from this building standing behind us."
This is the first new medical school in New Jersey in 30 years and it is the first four year allopathic medical school in South Jersey ever. The building is slated to be completed in May of 2012 and is located at South Broadway and Benson Streets in Camden.