The $70 million multi-institutional medical campus in downtown Evansville has crossed a key milestone. Officials Friday morning joined crews for the topping out ceremony, marking installation of the last steel beam of the high-profile project.
Construction of the four-story, 140,570 square-foot facility began in 2015. Classes are slated to begin in the fall of next year. The campus will be home to Indiana University, University of Evansville and University of Southern Indiana medical education programs. Plans call for a research, teaching and office space, as well as a simulation center, dental clinic and amphitheater.
In an interview last week with Inside INdiana Business Television, IU Assistant Vice President For Strategic Partnerships Kirk White said the collaboration among the schools and regional health care providers including Deaconess Health System, Good Samaritan Hospital, Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center and St. Mary’s Health System will have a "transformational" effect on southwest Indiana and Evansville.
The project is part of what the city estimates to be $250 million in ongoing development downtown.