The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is looking to build an $85 million orthopedic and sports medicine facility in NWA, pending approval at the University of Arkansas System board of trustees meeting today.
The state-of-the-art facility will boast up to 12 operating rooms, yet a limited number of patient beds. The building’s specialty clinics will consist of sports performance, physical therapy, orthopedic, imaging, research and education.
It's said that UAMS Chancellor Dr. Cam Patterson will propose Marlon Blackwell Architects
along with DSC Architects to lead the 185,000-square-foot building design. Nabholz Construction is the front-runner for general contractor.
UAMS will employ bond funds to pay for the project, according to the agenda. The board authorized UAMS to negotiate letter of intent terms to pursue a lease agreement for a new building in October. As part of the negotiation, UAMS would have the option to assume the outstanding debt at a mutually agreeable date or purchase the facility for $1 at the end of a 30-year lease term. Talk Business & Politics
Additionally, "Patterson will also ask for board approval to expand the Northwest Arkansas regional campus by adding a three-year MD degree primary care track and a four-year MD parallel track beginning in the 2021-22 academic year." Talk Business & Politics
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