The Kirk Kerkorian Medical Education Building at UNLV in the Las Vegas Medical District officially opened on Oct. 5, 2022, as the school’s first permanent facility. Students will begin using the space starting spring semester.
Designed by award-winning TSK Architects with the flexibility to manage the medical school’s expanding enrollment, the five-story, state-of-the-art facility includes training spaces for clinical skills, a simulation suite, anatomy classrooms, standardized patient rooms and a pro-section (cadaver) lab as well as a resource center and group study rooms. At 135,000-square-feet, the new facility can accommodate 120 students per class. Currently classroom capacity at the medical school is 60.
In addition, the building’s multistory community space will act as a gathering place for public lectures, TED talks, and events. There is also a café as well as a student lounge and fitness/wellness center.
Completed ahead of schedule and under budget, construction of the new medical education facility was made possible through the efforts of the nonprofit Nevada Health & Bioscience Corp. development team. More than $120 million in philanthropic donations were received from Kerkorian’s charitable Lincy Foundation, the Engelstad Foundation, MaryKaye Cashman, the Boyd Family Foundation and Bank of America. In addition, the state of Nevada allocated $25 million for construction.
In addition to the Kirk Kerkorian Medical Education Building at UNLV, the 674-acre Las Vegas Medical District is anchored by University Medical Center (UMC), Valley Hospital Medical Center, UNLV School of Dental Medicine and other ancillary medical facilities.
By 2030, the combined economic impact of the Las Vegas Medical District and the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV will be approximately $3.6 billion generating an estimated 24,182 permanent jobs. Government revenues attributable to the presence of the medical district and school of medicine are projected to total $181 million.
Photo: Courtesy of Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV – the new medical education building