Roanoke, Va., to Get Med School Expansion and Research Institute

Sep. 5--Carilion Clinic has begun construction on a $70 million building to house an influx of new doctors and is moving forward on plans for a nearly $59 million structure to contain a medical school and research institute. Both will stand on...

"Every building that goes up there represents an investment," Burcham said at the presentation.

So far, only one building has been completed in the park. It now houses Luna Innovations, a medical technology company, in which Carilion is a major investor.

Carilion Clinic and Virginia Tech, which plan to jointly operate the medical school, will educate about 40 students per graduating class.

Carilion had originally planned the medical school for a site with a smaller footprint and less visibility from Jefferson Street. It will now occupy a location abutting this major downtown thoroughfare, but its entrance will still face inside the business park.

Parts of the medical school building's facade will be wrapped with Virginia Tech's signature Hokie Stone. The still unnamed medical school will be Virginia's fifth.

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