The Robert W. Coon Education Building, named for the School of Medicine's second dean who was instrumental in its planning, design and construction, and commonly known as the MEB, is an 85,000 square foot, four story facility constructed in the late 1970's and located on the beautiful hill-top campus of the Huntington VA Medical Center (VAMC) eight miles west of downtown Huntington. Constructed by the VA and leased to the School of Medicine for a nominal amount as part of the VA's commitment to the joint development of a medical school under the federal Teague-Cranston Act, it originally housed all of the School's basic science departments, classrooms and laboratories for medical student pre-clinical education, the gross anatomy lab, as well as faculty offices, research laboratories and support facilities. In 2007 most of the School's basic science departments and research laboratories were relocated to the newly constructed Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center on the University's main campus.
The SOM's Department of Anatomy & Pathology continues to occupy the top floor of the MEB and a number of departments share laboratory space on the second floor. In July 2011 a major $8 million renovation of the MEB was undertaken to prepare it for the newly established Marshall University School of Pharmacy which will be housed in the lower level and first floor, both of which are being gutted and reconstructed to serve its classroom and experiential learning needs as well as provide student study, learning support and lounge space for the 320 Pharmacy students expected to begin matriculating in the fall of 2012. The Gross Anatomy lab and SOM student classroom, study and lounge space are also receiving improvements to better accommodate the School's larger class size.
In 1998 a 40,000 square foot Research Addition was added by the VAMC behind the MEB. This addition contains additional faculty research laboratories and research support facilities, some of which are occupied by School of Medicine faculty through lease and sharing agreements.