Major changes are about to come to the corner of Alcazar and San Pablo Streets on the Health Sciences Campus, where several bulldozers are preparing the land for the construction of three new buildings.
Work has begun on a six-story parking structure that will provide an additional 1,200 parking spots for both staff and patients. The parking structure is going to be the first structure to rise from the space and will be the first completed. It is expected to be complete by the fall of 2015.
Student housing, offering many more students the opportunity to live on campus, will be the next building on two acres of the parcel. American campus communities is going to break ground on that project by the end of this year and will have the dorms ready by the fall of 2016. Once complete, there will be room for 450 students.
“The housing project is going have really nice amenities — a business center, swimming pool, fitness center and a 10,000-square foot child care center,” said Melissa Schild, executive director of land use and planning.
The third project, which will also be the last to get underway on the land, is going to be a 200-room Hyatt House hotel. Hyatt House is an extended-stay hotel that has apartment-style suites and a host of services for people who are spending weeks, rather than days, at the hotel.
There will be 15,000 square feet of conference space in the hotel and 15,000 square feet of retail. Hyatt is responsible for signing leases with retail tenants, none of which have been signed as yet. However, Schild said the hotel did ask campus officials to weigh in on the type of retail they would like in the hotel and they said they would like a restaurant.
Across the street, on the south side of Alcazar, another construction project is about to get underway on the Norris Healthcare Consultation Center, a seven-story building for outpatient oncology services, which should be complete by November of 2016.
— By Hope Hamashige