The Brown Daily Herald reports on changes decided by Brown this past weekend to adjust to the current economic woes, including the cancelation of construction of a new Medical School building in the Jewelry District. The medical school will now likely get renovated space in an existing Jewelry District building that has yet to be chosen.
Given that the late Warren Alpert gave 100 million dollars to the medical school (since named for the philanthropist) largely for the construction of such a new building, I wonder how that gift is being used now and how the Alpert Foundation may feel about the change. Given that other worthy non-profits were lobbying Alpert at the time for donations and were, in a sense, wholly beaten out by Brown, I image they must be doubly seething right now as well…
Also canceled is the proposed Brain Sciences Building along Angell Street and several other smaller initiatives around campus. The Brain Sciences departments will also likely get renovated space in an existing building, likely on College Hill.
While certainly a blow, it pales in comparison to some cuts that some other Ivy League colleges are making, such as Yale University’s announcement today that it is indefinitely canceling at least 2 billion dollars of new construction in and around New Haven, Connecticut.