University of South Florida Celebrates Milestone for New Medical School Building in Tampa
Designed by HOK, the 13-story USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute will open in late 2019 and serve as an anchor for the burgeoning downtown Tampa waterfront district.
USF Health’s iconic building, scheduled to open in late 2019, is a key anchor for Strategic Property Partners’ transformative downtown waterfront district.
“Today we are celebrating a momentous occasion—the topping-off of one of the most significant projects ever to be completed in USF System history,” said USF System President Judy Genshaft. “This project belongs to all of us, and would not be possible if it were not for the incredible support of visionary Tampa Bay and state leaders. It is staggering in its impact—in terms of academic, research and economic significance.”
Once complete, the building will house more than 1,800 students, faculty, researchers and staff—equipping them with world-class labs, technologically advanced lecture halls and learning spaces, and research facilities to help shape the next generations of physicians and pioneer new discoveries for cardiovascular health.
The new state-of-the-art hub for medical education and research is located in close proximity to USF’s primary teaching hospital, Tampa General Hospital, and its world-class Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) facility. It will be a key driver of economic activity for the Tampa Bay area by helping to generate a substantial increase in research grant funding, attract new biotechnology companies to the region and position USF to move up in the U.S. News & World Report rankings.
Representatives from SPP and Skanska, the firm building the MCOM and Heart Institute in Water Street Tampa, also spoke at the topping-off celebration. The project’s architect is HOK.