Case Studies

Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine – Codell Construction Company

A New Era of Medicine in the Mountains

The year 2011 marked a period of changes for the University of Pikeville in Pikeville, Ky., starting with its transition from Pikeville College to the University of Pikeville. The switch is part of larger effort to expand the university’s tradition of providing students with a multidisciplinary education, while also maintaining a balance of intimate undergraduate programs and intensive, focused graduate programs.

The transition also resulted in Pikeville’s School of Osteopathic Medicine being renamed the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM). The new and improved KYCOM runs both undergraduate and graduate programs and is nationally recognized for graduating physicians who go on to establish practices in underserved communities across eastern Kentucky.

It was fitting that the university decided to mark the occasion by building a $40 million clinical facilities building for KYCOM, tapping Codell Construction Company (CCC) to oversee the project as construction manager.

“This wasn’t a typical project for us,” says Jim Martin, project manager at CCC. “Though we do a lot of work in the Pikeville area, especially recently.” CCC headquarters are located in Winchester, Ky., and the team has previously completed work for the university’s activity center. CCC also constructed an annex to the Pike County Courthouse, renovated the Pike County Hall of Justice, and built the Pike County Central Elementary School, as well as the new Pikeville Medical Center.

CCC’s portfolio speaks for itself. The team at CCC takes pride in being a fourth-generation family-owned and -operated construction management company. CCC offers design-build services and maintains a portfolio of completed projects for both public and private clients as far away as Alaska and Guatemala. Teamwork, communication and an eye for value-engineering set CCC’s approach apart from the competition, and also enable the team to ensure the success of every project, regardless of its logistical challenges or budgetary constraints.

When Pike County residents suffered a flash flood that displaced many families and washed away roughly 200 homes in July 2010, CCC mobilized crews to lend a hand for those in need. Ultimately, CCC partnered with students from the Carl D. Perkins Jobs Corp Center’s Career Technical Training Program to renovate a two-story motel and convert it into housing for 14 families that lost homes in the flooding.

Supporting the Community

The University of Pikeville received some assistance of its own for its efforts to educate and encourage students to establish medical practices in underserved areas of Central Appalachia. The university received a $500,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, a second $500,000 grant from the James Graham Foundation and a whopping $26.5 million direct loan from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development.

The project also received a full $10 million through the New Market Tax Credit, organized by the National Community Investment Fund (NCIF). KYCOM appears as a particularly worthy recipient as the institution has graduated over 700 students since its establishment in 2001, 60 percent of which have gone on to work in the Appalachian Regions, including Kentucky. To boot, KYCOM ranks fourth in affordability amongst the nation’s private medical schools, with 69 percent of its graduates going on to become primary care physicians, the second highest of any institution in the country.

The original plan called for a 65,000-square foot building to house two lecture halls, two research labs, a gross anatomy lab, some smaller classrooms, offices and student study space, all to be completed by March 2012. “The building was eventually changed and added on to from the original plans, but we still managed to have it open in time for the start of school in July 2012,” adds Martin. The completed KYCOM building now stands 10 stories tall at over 87,500 square feet.

The site’s topography presented further challenges as it slopes a full 45 degrees, according to Martin. Extensive excavation was carried out ensuring the building could be built into the side of the site, maximizing the availability of windows and natural lighting inside the building. The slope also allowed for the creation of two separate entrances at the bottom of the hill and at the building’s fifth floor. Double access helps break down the height of the building and ensure architectural uniformity with the University of Pikeville campus.

A Lasting Impression

The university held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 15, 2012. The ceremony was held to announce that the building would be renamed the Coal Building in recognition of the role that the coal industry historically played, and continues to play, in Appalachian communities. The building now offers medical students 12 examination rooms, robotic simulators and a campus cafeteria seating 375 patrons at capacity, which is open to both undergraduate and medical school students.

In total, crews used over 857 gallons of paint and installed over 432,000 linear feet of electrical wiring, 115,000 linear feet of electrical conduit, 57,000 square feet of precast exterior panels, 307 tons of structural steel, 7,483 cubic yards of concrete and $1.5 million worth of instructional media. The NCIF anticipates that the project will create 250 construction jobs and will also allow the university to almost double class size and create 10 new permanent faculty and staff positions. In today’s economy, each is a plus.

The new facility only underscores the University of Pikeville’s commitment to ensure that KYCOM students leave a lasting impression on the Appalachian communities. In addition, the new Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine reinforces the commitment the staff at CCC upholds with every project, positioning Codell Construction Company to lead the construction industry to build a better tomorrow.

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