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Mercer School of Medicine Dedicated

mercer_collageSavannah, Georgia – Friday marked an incredible day for Mercer University; with nearly all of the University’s Board of Trustees in attendance, the Mercer School of Medicine facility was formally dedicated. The event commenced with an address from Mercer University President, Bill Underwood, and was attended by numerous dignitaries as well as Mercer’s own Betty Cantrell, Miss America 2016.

The $8.9 million project broke ground in October 2014 and consisted of the overall renovation of 26,500 SF of the 60,000 SF William and Iffath Hoskins Center for Biomedical Research, as well as construction of a 30,000 SF addition to the Hoskins Center to serve as a medical education and research facility for the University. Scope of work included the renovation and addition of classroom space on the first floor into a medical library, multipurpose room and administration suite; expansion of the existing research lab on the second floor to include tissue culture, cell sorting and microscopy labs, as well as a post-doctorate suite and a 30,000 SF addition to the southwest including mock exam/simulation rooms on the first floor and student tutorial rooms on the second floor.  This expansion will allow for a 50-percent increase in M.D. student enrollment – from 160 to 240 students – in Savannah, equaling the number of M.D. students on the School’s Macon campus.

In attendance, G. Holmes Bell, IV, PE – CEO & Chairman of Hussey Gay Bell, the project’s Architect and Engineer of Record, and Mercer University alumnus, remarked on the occasion as one of celebration and achievement.  “Mercer is unsurpassed in the quality of its graduate and undergraduate education, and I strongly support the University’s goal to make that extraordinary experience available to more students than ever before with this expansion of programs in Savannah,” said Bell.

It was constructed by local CM-at-Risk, JE Dunn Construction Company.

Full story at Savannah Morning News:  Mercer, Memorial dedicate $18M building