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Erecting a National Leader?

New home for Physician Assistant Studies as Marquette continues to transform campus.

By - Mar 8th, 2019 04:47 pm
Glass lift at the Physician Assistant Studies Building. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Glass lift at the Physician Assistant Studies Building. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

A new home for the Marquette University Physician Assistant Studies program is rapidly taking shape.

Workers could be seen installing glass panels earlier this week in the large window bays that forms the signature design element of the new building along W. Clybourn Ave.

The fast-growing Physician Assistant Studies program has been housed in a “temporary” home for over 20 years in a drab building at 1700 W. Wells St. But just in time for the 2019-20 school year, the program will move to a new home at the northwest corner of N. 17st St. and W. Clybourn St.

The university held a groundbreaking ceremony for the four-story, 44,000-square-foot building in May. Just a few months later, the building’s steel skeleton was visible from nearby Interstate 94. Now the exterior is nearly complete.

The $18.5 million project will be more than a nice billboard for Marquette. School president Mike Lovell said at the groundbreaking that he wants the master’s program to become the biggest program of its kind nationally. He noted that various studies have shown that demand for physicians assistants is expected to grow 40 percent in the coming years and 75 percent of PA graduates nationwide find themselves with multiple job offers. At Marquette, the program recorded a 100 percent placement rate in 2016.

Prospective students are already knocking on the door. The university reports that 1,400 applicants applied to enter the master’s program two years ago, and growth continues annually at a 10 percent clip. The program currently accepts 55 students a year.

Design work on the building is being led by HGA and Groth Design GroupCD Smith is leading the building’s construction.

Marquette has owned the PA building site at 1710 W. Clybourn St. since at least 1985 according to city records. In early 2016, a small garage on the site was demolished.



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One thought on “Fridays Photos: Erecting a National Leader?”

  1. Barbara Richards says:

    Of course it is a LEED certified building or perhaps a living building? Or are we increasing the need for PAs as we build each new non certified building in MKE? Pay now for buildings that sustain us or pay later at the doctor’s office.

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