Signet Real Estate Group and Marshall University are celebrating the recent completion and opening of a new School of Pharmacy and graduate student housing community at Marshall University’s health sciences campus in Huntington, West Virginia.
The official opening of the School of Pharmacy, named Stephen J. Kopp Hall after Marshall’s 36th President Stephen Kopp, was celebrated at a dedication ceremony at the newly completed facility on September 13th, while the nearby student housing community, named Fairfield Landing, opened for residents at the beginning of the semester.
The two projects represent a public-private partnership between Signet Real Estate Group and Marshall University. Signet, partnering with Edward Tucker Architects, Perkins + Will, and PJ Dick Construction, managed the financing, design, and construction of the two projects, totaling $56.4 million in development.
Marshall President Dr. Jerome Gilbert said at the dedication ceremony, “Stephen J. Kopp Hall and the new Fairfield Landing community for graduate housing are a turning point in the revitalization of this neighborhood and our entire community.”
“We are truly honored to partner with a prestigious institution such as Marshall University, and to bring transformation to their health sciences campus and the city of Huntington,” said Kevin Belt, Vice President of Development of Signet Real Estate Group. “We greatly appreciate the leadership at Marshall for their focused vision and collaboration throughout the process and want to thank our design and construction partners who worked hard to complete both projects on-time and on-budget.”
The 49,500 square-foot, three-story Stephen J. Kopp Hall includes research, pharmacological labs, instructional, communal and administrative areas. The location, just steps away from the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, allows for enhanced interdisciplinary education and the evolution of a true health sciences campus.
“This beautiful new facility will be a cornerstone for Marshall’s health sciences campus,” said Dr. Gayle Brazeau, Dean of the School of Pharmacy.
The 108,400 square-foot graduate housing community was constructed to accommodate pharmacy and medical students as well as resident physicians. The facility is adjacent to the Erma Ora Byrd Clinical Center and includes 200 units, also featuring a main lobby with study and community spaces. The apartment-style, furnished units feature stainless steel appliances, while the facility includes 24-hour security and parking within walking distance of the Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy and the Forensic Science Center.
Marshall has more than 1,000 graduate and post-graduate students in its health sciences programs. However, until its partnership with Signet, the University had no housing specifically offered to graduate students or married couples in those programs.
Jason Perry, President of Signet Real Estate Group, said, “These projects represent the best of what a public-private partnership should be, and we are excited to help the University achieve its goal and vision.”
About Signet Real Estate Group
Signet Real Estate Group, a Signet LLC company, is a full-service development and project management firm in the areas of higher education, health care, research, and public-private partnerships. The company transforms complex development challenges into collaborative opportunities through a creative, flexible, and customized approach. Since the firm’s inception, Signet and its family of companies have successfully managed and currently have in progress more than $5 billion in real estate development and construction throughout the U.S. Learn more at signetre.com.
About Marshall University
As one of West Virginia’s oldest public universities, Marshall University’s roots run deep. Yet our vision is focused on providing world-class learning opportunities for students from across the country and around the world. More than 8,000 degree-seeking undergraduate students refer to Marshall’s compact, level campus in Huntington, West Virginia, simply as “home.” Learn more at http://www.marshall.edu.