Mary Baldwin College Breaks Ground on Second Campus

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Mary Baldwin College broke ground Thursday afternoon on its long-awaited second campus. The Staunton women's college is building a $20 million school for health science.     

Augusta County is praising the project's economic impact.  County supervisor Jeff Moore says the project will be responsible for roughly 235 new jobs from construction crews to faculty and staff, and all of that is before the Murphy - Deming College of Health Sciences even opens the doors to its first students. 

A ceremonial groundbreaking celebrated the start of work on the new campus, which will offer graduate and doctoral programs in physical and occupational therapy, and physician assistance.   The site is 30 acres near the Augusta Health complex.    

Mary Baldwin unveiled designs for the new college buildings that will have classrooms, labs and collaborative workspace.

Mary Baldwin President Pamela Fox said, "We aim to elevate all aspects of Mary Baldwin College through this new vision. And we aim to be part of the ongoing transformation of this community, the thriving medical corridor here in Augusta County." 

Site work on the project began this past summer. The health sciences college is expected to enroll its first students in the fall of 2014.    

The Fishersville healthcare corridor will get a big boost from two major road projects. They include a new Interstate 64 interchange and a new Route 636 to connect Augusta Health, Mary Baldwin, and the Woodrow Wilson complex.