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Proposed medical school secures Provo golf course land

October 11, 2018

The proposed Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine officially has a location.

The college, projected to open in 2021 pending accreditation, is set to be constructed on 21 acres on the northwestern portion of the East Bay Golf Course after Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi signed a title transfer to the developer for Wasatch Educational, which will manage the college, for the property.

Wasatch Educational also operates the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, which has plans to eventually relocate to the golf course property.

An additional 7.8 acre piece of property was purchased by a developer from a private source to expand the site location.

The school’s developers will fund relocation costs of three golf holes to the southeastern portion of the course. The holes will be playable before construction on the medical school begins.

The school has vetted architects and is using the land purchase to keep its momentum going.

“The big pieces of the puzzle now are getting the designs for the building accomplished,” said John Dougherty, the dean and chief academic officer of the proposed college.

The plan is to design the building around the school’s curriculum, which plans to embrace a dual-model concept that combines videos with hands-on learning, eliminates scheduled classes and will have small, collaborative spaces for students with an emphasis on simulations.

Dougherty said the proposed college is eyeing creating walking trails and will keep the water hazards that will be on either side of the main campus. Walking bridges will go over the water hazards, and bike trails and campus-based bicycles students can use will help students get around the campus.

There will also be a day care and a dog park.

Dougherty said incorporating amenities and green space will help keep stress low for students and help the college be desirable for the next generation of students.

“Our key is to maintain a work-life balance, a student-life balance,” he said.

Natural light will also likely be incorporated into the school’s final designs.

Dougherty said the proposed school is having conversations with a hospitals to develop collaborations. An announcement on a partnership has not been made.

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