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USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute Continues to Make Strides with Owner’s Representative, Hammes Company

Milwaukee, WI, Tampa, FL, July 10, 2018 – Hammes Company (, the nation’s number one healthcare developer as ranked by Modern Healthcare’s Construction and Design Survey, today issued an update on the University of South Florida (USF) Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute in Tampa, Fla., which broke ground on August 1, 2017, placing it on track to be the first vertical construction project to be completed in the new Water Street Tampa District. The design of the 395,000-square-foot facility is well aligned with the project team’s collaborative approach, which supports improved higher education through the enhanced collaboration of different academic and research disciplines.

The project team includes Hammes Company as the owner’s representative and Skanska / HOK as the design-build firm.

The design of the Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute is complete and building construction is underway with the concrete structure of the lower seven of 13 stories completed. Interior spaces have been designed to be innovative, flexible and collaborative between academic, medical research and clinical trial usage. Key components incorporated into the design include a knowledge exchange/library resource center, auditorium, labs, classrooms and café. Plans for cutting-edge technology and infrastructure with a wide range of functionality reflect the project team’s forward-thinking focus to revolutionize the space.

“The exemplary interdisciplinary standard of the project team’s approach ensures adaptability and flexibility to meet the ever-changing needs of USF,” said Chris Kay, president and COO of Hammes Company. “It also creates an environment conducive to experience-centric healthcare research and education facility developments, placing USF’s facility at the leading edge of healthcare education and research.”

A key anchor in Water Street Tampa, a $3 billion pedestrian-friendly real estate development by Strategic Property Partners in downtown Tampa, the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute is the first building under construction. Located at a prominent intersection of one of the new district’s communicating plazas, the facility’s prime location, just steps from Amalie Arena, ensures a lasting legacy for USF in an amenity-rich, vibrant community.

Slated for completion in late 2019, the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute will be in close proximity to Tampa General Hospital, USF’s primary teaching hospital, and a short walking distance from the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation, one of the world’s largest simulation centers exclusively dedicated to training healthcare students and professionals.