The North Academic Building and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (ME) at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Sciences has started construction. The project will relocate and upgrade services from multiple buildings currently in the center of campus and is the first phase of a master plan focused on health and advancement in research and education.
Initial programming and conceptual design for the building was completed in 2018. Once complete, the ME office will be one of only a few in the country that is directly and physically connected with an academic health center. The ME autopsy lab is unique to Oklahoma and will be among the most technologically advanced in the world specific to advanced postmortem diagnostic imaging.
The new elevator shaft provides an opportunity to tie the exterior aesthetic to the interior.
The new building will also house the Center for Rural Health, Center for Health Systems Innovation, and dedicated anatomy and neuroscience-anatomy laboratories. Additional amenities will include classroom, conference, study, and administration areas.
The project is slated for completion in fall 2022.
When complete, the ME office will be submitted for the National Associate of Medical Examiners (NAME) accreditation, which will rank it among the top ME offices in the nation.