New Eco-Friendly DMSF Buildings

The DMSF or Davao Medical School Foundation is set to add a couple of buildings in its vicinity.

The groundbreaking was in 2012 and completion is expected to be in 2014. The two structures will feature 12 floors and will most likely be used for education and other activities. The green structures will be positioned right behind the hospital within the campus. The total land area of DMSF spans 2.5 hectares on DMSF Drive, Bajada, Davao City.

The project is estimated to cost about P250 million. Dr. Jonathan Alegre, president of DMSF said that the school will feature green or eco-friendly materials and facilities that are innovative and technology-inspired. The first building will feature three stories and stand on a lot measuring 800 square meters. The second building will be behind it, featuring 10 stories and stand on a lot measuring 1,100 square meters. A bridge will link the two buildings.

According to the DMSF president, the first floor of the first building will include a dental infirmary, operating rooms and storage place for tools and equipment. The second and third floors will feature an amphitheatre that can seat as many as 800 to 1,000 people. The second building will include bigger laboratories and a massive library. More conference rooms and offices will also be included in the 10-storey structure. DMSF plans to put a number of leisure places on the 10th floor such as a coffee shop, a gym and other health and fitness facilities. A basement will also be placed which can house as many as 30 vehicles.

Some of the other features to expect in the upcoming structures include the wind turbines and solar panels. These will provide the energy to power the corridor lights on all floors. Energy consumption will be prioritized which is why the new buildings are tagged as green or eco-friendly. Plants will also be showcased throughout the structures to make these more attractive. Each floor will feature tanks where rain water can be collected.

Alegre indicated the need to improve the standards since PAASCU or the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities require enhanced facilities and laboratories to accredit the school. There are 40 medical schools in the Philippines but only 6 are accredited by the PAASCU. DMSF is aiming to get one as well to officially become one of the best in the world.

There are currently about 1,000 medical students in DMSF, 20% of which are foreigners.

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