Mary Baldwin College officials have chosen Kjellstrom + Lee to manage construction of the inaugural building of the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences in Fishersville.
With less than a month remaining until a ceremonial groundbreaking at the new branch campus site just off Goose Creek Road, college officials are enthusiastic about once again working with the firm, which has managed the first phase of renovations in Pearce Science Center and, most recently, has overseen updates in Memorial, Hill Top, McClung, and Kable residence halls. Kjellstrom + Lee joins architects Kahler Slater and site developers Crescent Development on the project.
“The selection of our construction manager is the latest step in the process of building an exemplary project team, which collectively possesses exceptional experience in the health sciences, proven ability to exceed expectations on a fast-track project, and a passion for the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences and the stakeholders it will serve,” said MBC Senior Vice President for Business and Finance David Mowen. “Kjellstrom + Lee embodies
all of those characteristics, and we are honored to select them as our newest team member.”
MBC plans to open the new graduate school in June 2014 with doctoral programs in physical therapy and occupational therapy. The following year, the college plans to add a master’s program in physician assistant studies. In addition to preparing the physical site, college officials have initiated the appropriate processes for each program to become accredited.
Students in these programs will have the advantage of learning in a new, state-of-the-art facility located within one of the region’s vital medical services hubs. The MBC health sciences campus will be located within a one-mile radius of Augusta Health, Augusta Free Clinic, University of Virginia Health System clinics, Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, and several senior care facilities. Nearby residential development will give students the opportunity to live, work, and learn in the same community.
“A beautiful piece of property, great visibility, and wonderful architecture complements the vision of Mary Baldwin’s leadership and supporters. We at Kjellstrom + Lee are honored to have been selected as the contractor for this project,” said Fulton Sensabaugh, partner at the firm. “We can’t wait to start.”
With offices in Staunton, Charlottesville, and Richmond, Kjellstrom + Lee names among their clients SunTrust Bank, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the UVA Foundation. Since its establishment by N. David Kjellstrom and Harry G. Lee in 1961, the company has put in place more than $2 billion in construction.
Photos: The work of Kjellstrom + Lee at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Nursing.