Earlier this month, President Hanbury sent a memorandum informing the NSU community of the progress that Moss Construction & Associates have made on the new facilities of NSU’s Tampa Bay Regional Campus.
With the $150 million dollar real-estate investment granted by the Patel Family Foundation last year, this new 27 acre campus and 325,000 sq. ft. complex in Clearwater, Fl will replace the existing Tampa Bay Regional Campus facilities. This new campus will comprise of the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences.
The campus will also include a multi-level parking structure on the south side of campus, which will hold about 1,400 spaces. The campus has one main entrance and with the expectation of high traffic once the campus opens, facilities management is in talks with the city of Clearwater to widen the access road.
The site of the campus sits within an area surrounded by wetlands and other environmental attributes. Throughout the project, NSU and Moss Construction have worked closely with environmentalists to ensure all concerns were addressed and the environment was not disturbed.
The facilities will support the 29 bachelor’s, masters and doctoral programs offered at the Tampa Bay Regional Campus currently and the 1,100 students and 90 faculty who reside there. Some of these programs include occupational and physical therapy, cardiovascular sonography, nursing and anesthesiology. This new campus will also support the Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine programs.
It is estimated that the new campus will be ready for a certificate of occupancy in late June and move over equipment from the existing facilities will be moved in July. Current students at the Tampa Bay Regional Campus will not be affected until the Clearwater campus is operational.
“Based on the most recent update from the construction site, the [Clearwater campus] is currently scheduled for a certificate of occupancy by June 21, prior to the start of classes in the Fall of 2019,” said Debbie Hunley, director of design and construction on the project.
Recently, Moss Construction & Associates celebrated the installation of the final piece of roofing on the complex. According to Elaine Rodriguez, program manager on the project, construction has been moving quickly from the first day of breaking ground to ensure a completed project prior to the fall semester deadline.
“The building is completely dried in. Which means that the roof is on and all the windows are installed. The [Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine] space is 90 percent done or so. [Moss Construction & Associates] are working on the building in phases. It is expected that [the Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine] will be finished in the next month and ready for a punch list and the other spaces will follow,” said Hunley.