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Firm working on medical school master plan

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The Wise-based architectural and engineering firm Thompson & Litton is finalizing a master plan for the proposed King School of Medicine & Health Sciences Center in Abingdon.

Bill Thompson, Thompson & Litton’s vice president of architecture, says the plan will include a schedule for the design and construction of the school at the Stone Mill Technology and Business Park.

The 28-acre school site is valued at $4 million. The land was donated to the Bristol, Tenn.-based King College in September by the Town of Abingdon, which also agreed to commit $3.5 million to the project. The Washington County’s Board of Supervisors also agreed to donate $7.5 million towards the school.

King College now has $65 million in capital and endowment funding committed to its medical school project, including $25 million from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission and $12 million from a private estate in Wise County.

The college also has a $12.5 million in-kind contribution through a partnership with the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center next to Stone Mill Park. Classrooms, laboratories and advanced technology at the Higher Ed Center will enable the medical school to accept its first class of students by year 2014, according to King officials.

The medical school recently earned “applicant school” status with the accrediting body for medical education programs that lead to M.D. degrees in North America. The Liaison Committee on Medical Education notified King that the medical school met its initial eligibility requirements.


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