The project is expected to cost more than $300 million, and would house all of the KU school of medicine’s Wichita campus, WSU’s college of health professions and WSU Tech’s health professional’s programs.
WSU’s president Richard Muma says at full capacity, the campus will have 3,000 students and a couple hundred faculty. The two schools are looking to put the health science center in downtown Wichita.
“WSU center for economic development business research performed a analysis, the preliminary analysis last spring, this projects is likely to support nearly 1,600 jobs, and $279 million worth of economic activity,” Muma told the board of Regents.
It’s a project Sedgwick County Commission Chairman David Dennis says the county has been watching closely, telling KAKE “this is transformational.”
The Commission plans to co-locate the new Comcare Crisis Center building on the new health science campus to better help recruit and retain talent. Dennis says “one thing we found is that people that train here, we usually are able to keep them in this location.”