Construction underway for Med Center parking structure and UK College of Medicine-Bowling Green

Published: Nov. 14, 2017 at 5:42 PM CST
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A project starting out with concrete being poured in the middle of the night has hopes of impacting the future of medicine for our state.

The Medical Center, University of Kentucky, and Western Kentucky University are teaming up to bring the UK College of Medicine-Bowling Green campus to life by August 2018.

"What you see today is, I guess we're about half way done with the parking garage which is five levels, 861 spaces," says Jean Cherry, Executive Vice President with Med Center Health Construction and Facilities Management.

The parking garage sits on the campus of Bowling Green's Medical Center.

"We think that will pretty much solve our immediate parking challenges," adds Cherry.

Officials say Tuesday's pour included 70 loads of concrete, which were used to cover 700 yards for construction of the third floor of the parking structure.

Crews began work around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

This structure is doing more than adding parking. The real focus of this construction is on the future this facility hopes to build.

"Attached to [the parking structure] is really the prize or the star of the project, and that's the two story, 48,000 square foot office building that will house the University of Kentucky's College of Medicine Bowling Green Campus," explains Cherry.

The Medical College will be attached to the parking garage on two levels and expects to have 30 medical students by August.

"The potential to impact health care in Kentucky is quite large with this project," says Todd Cheever, Associate Dean, UK College of Medicine Bowling Green campus.

Cheever goes on to say, "We have such a physicians shortage and our physician workforce is getting older and retiring and we need to produce more Kentuckians to care throughout our states."

"It raises the bar. I keep saying that but I think it's true," says Don Brown, Assistant Dean of the College and Director of Medical Education at the Med Center.

"One of the things that we've learned over the years is that we can do far more together through a partnership like this through the UK College of Medicine, The Medical Center of Bowling Green, and WKU than we could ever do on our own, and each of the partners brings an incredible amount of strength and opportunities that they can offer to our future medical students," says Cheever.

Brown says the college has already had two interview cycles and another is coming up this Saturday. He says 16 students have already been accepted to the college.