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Lee Medical BuildingCornerstone

The Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medicine and Science Building is one of the cornerstones not only of The University of South Dakota campus but of the regional health care industry. It is a critical component of enhancing research and improving health sciences and medical education and research in the state. State-of-the-art technology is deployed throughout the building. The facility includes more than 156,000 square feet of space.

Funding for the $37 million project included $12.5 million from the Higher Education Facilities Fund, $12.5 million from Campaign South Dakota, $10.2 million from the federal government and $1.8 million from the state. Lead private gifts came from Avera Health, Regional Health and Sanford Health. The building was designed by Koch Hazard Architects of Sioux Falls. It serves as the home for the Sanford School of Medicine and the School of Health Sciences.


  • The eye-catching, four-story atrium brings the building together literally and figuratively

  • As a bridge between the building's two wings, the atrium serves as a gathering place

  • It provides an inviting space to host speakers, receptions, meetings, conferences and symposia

Graduate Education and Research Wing

  • This wing is defined by its flexibility and organization

  • More than 30 laboratory modules can be changed as necessary to accommodate evolving research needs for the next 50 years

  • Laboratories are clustered around faculty offices, enhancing interaction between faculty and students with similar research interests

  • The state-of-the-art labs are a critical component in boosting research efforts in the state

Medical Education Wing

  • This wing includes a progressive learning environment, shifting from traditional lecture-style teaching to collaborative learning through small groups

  • Students in basic health sciences will learn as they work together through problem solving with real-life human examples

  • The teaching style is patient-based and the most effective way to teach future health care providers

  • As medical and health science students learn side-by-side, they increase their appreciation for how different professionals serve each patient

  • The basement houses a state-of-the-art gross anatomy laboratory for the body donation program as well as clinical exam rooms where students experience a real-world environment

  • On the basement and first-floor levels, space is included for classes, conferences, lectures and seminars

  • Two large, health science teaching laboratories are the focal point of the third floor. Administrative offices are located in the northwest corner of the top three floors


  • This is a building for 21st Century

  • Technology includes wireless networking

  • Audio and video recording capabilities in learning spaces improve feedback students receive from faculty

  • Classrooms are wired to enable delivery of educational content online

  • Computers in classrooms and study spaces are fully loaded with essential specialty software

  • Security also is state-of-the-art with key cards access for students, faculty and staff

  • Twenty-seven security cameras are monitored by the Department of Public Safety

  • Computers monitor the building's mechanical systems and generate an automatic alert if necessary