The Duke facility will be one of a few going up on the campus.The hospital is in the middle of its expansion here, with plans fora two-story diagnostic and treatment center, multiple three-storymedical office buildings and multiple seven-story inpatient towerswith 254 rooms. The hospital bought the land in 2002, and plans toconsolidate services, such as acute inpatient services, criticalcare and obstetrics, now at current facilities in Mishawaka andSouth Bend to this new site.

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Duke's building will be connected to the main hospital on alllevels, and will feature an MRI Center, Wound Care Center and theRiley Hospital for Children Pediatric Clinic. Physicians will havethe option of leasing space on floors that are associated withinpatient services in the hospital with which they are closelyaligned. For example, pediatric physicians can be linked by awalkway to the inpatient pediatric unit in the hospital. A120-stall subsurface parking structure for physicians also is partof the facility, as well as surface parking.

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Keith Konkoli, SVP of BremnerDuke's Midwest business unit, tellsGlobeSt.com that the hospital will lease some of the building, butthere's about 150,000 sf available. The facility should be completeby next summer, while the hospital will open at the end of 2009.Grubb & Ellis/Cressy & Everett will handle the leasing ofthe Duke building.

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Konkoli says that since Duke acquired Bremner 20 months ago,there's just been nothing but successful projects. "The growth inthe medical arena has been fantastic," he says. "There's been a lotof opportunity in all the markets. We've heard that there's alreadyan extremely positive response to this building."

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