published Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Med Park nestles in 3rd facility in

Orchard Knob wins Galen stomach specialists


by Jason Reynolds
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Buck Schimpf

A third medical office building is under construction in Orchard Knob, adding to the area’s reputation as a medical destination, the project’s Chattanooga developer said.

“It’s centrally located between the three main hospital campuses,” said Eugene H. “Buck” Schimpf III.

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    Staff Photo by Dan Henry Steven Royer uses a concrete saw to install a storm drain as construction continues on a new medical office building at the intersection of E. 3rd St. and North Willow Street Tuesday afternoon. This will be the third of four Schimpf buildings in the area.

The buildings, collectively called Medical Park, are between Parkridge Medical Center, Memorial Hospital and Erlanger hospital. Kuebler Builders Inc. is constructing the newest Medical Park building, on East Third Street near Orchard Knob Elementary School where a gas station once stood.

The first two buildings opened in 2006 and 2008 on the sites of the former Pruett Food Town and Earthgrains Bakery, Mr. Schimpf said.

Galen Medical Group’s gastroenterologists are taking 14,000 square feet in the new building, which opens in July, Mr. Schimpf said.

“One of our main purposes for moving is for patient accessibility, not having to pay to park and not having to park in a parking garage,” said Tara Hill, regional manager for Galen.

The gastroenterology practice is relocating from Erlanger hospital, she said. It has admitting privileges to Memorial Hospital, so the Orchard Knob site is a good fit, she said.

The office will hold Drs. Colleen Schmitt, Rad Yates, Sumeet Bhushan and Chad Charapata, along with 35 staff workers, Ms. Hill said. Patients will have access to free wi-fi service, she said.

FAST FACT

Medical Park’s first two buildings opened in 2006 and 2008.

About 8,000 square feet are still available in the new two-story building, Mr. Schimpf said, with the price depending on how much space is taken because of interior build-out.

The overall cost for the shell and site work will be between $7 million to $9 million, excluding interior finishing. CapitalMark Bank & Trust is the lender, and River Street Architecture is the designer.

Landscaping will include a pedestrian bridge and picnic area over an aqueduct, to create a park-like area, Mr. Schimpf said.

A fourth phase is available for medical practitioners interested in owning their building, Mr. Schimpf said. He has no immediate plans to start on the fourth phase, he said.

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