Updated Mon, Jul 14, 2014 5:28 pm
After three years and a $105 million donation, classes began at Ohio University's Dublin Campus on July 9.
“We’ve been working so hard on this,” said Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson to Ohio University's Compass Magazine as he welcomed the site’s inaugural class of 50 students Thursday. “This campus is made possible through collaboration and teamwork.”
All but two of the 50 incoming students are from Ohio. The Dublin medical students will stay all four years in the new central Ohio campus.
More from the Compass report:
The Heritage College, Dublin, includes 63,000 square feet of space across three buildings and sits on a 14.8 acre site purchased from the city of Dublin in 2012. The city also gifted Ohio University 46 adjacent acres for further development.
The Heritage College, Dublin, project, budgeted at $24.7 million, included $11 million to buy the site; $8.5 million for work by Pepper Construction of Ohio; $2.2 million for BHDP Architects and related expenses; and $3 million for furniture, fixture and information technology-related costs. Ohio University Facilities Planning and Space Management managed the project.
The Dublin campus - a part of OU's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine - hopes to alleviate some of the problems that the medical industry is experiencing, including a "looming shortage of primary care physicians."