WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - A groundbreaking years in the making took place in the center of downtown Wichita on Wednesday, Wichita’s new biomedical campus. 

A large parking lot at Topeka and William will soon be transformed to a state-of-the-art medical education building. 

“This campus will revolutionize healthcare education and put Wichita on the map as a hub for healthcare and groundbreaking scientific research,” said Governor Laura Kelly. 

Governor Kelly was one speaker excited about the opportunities to come from Wichita’s biomedical campus.

 

It’s a $300,000,000 collaborative effort from Wichita State University, Kansas University and WSU Tech. 

Wichita’s biomedical campus is the largest investment in downtown Wichita’s history. More than 400 people witnessed the first step of history in the making. 

 

This facility will be the first of its kind in the nation. A technical college, a 4-year university, and a 4-year medical school all under one roof. 

“It’s a dream come true for all of us to be a part of something that’s so transformational,” said Sheree Utash, President of WSU Tech. 

“Well I think it means a further development of a talent pipeline here in Wichita. Our students are going to immensely benefit from this facility being here. We don’t have to send students all over the state all over the nation,” said Kelly Bielefeld, USD 259 Superintendent. 

The campus will offer 3,000 students interdisciplinary opportunities, state-of-the-art research facilities, and applied learning opportunities. 

 

Current nursing and medical students are already looking forward to this addition.  

“I really want to see when it’s all done and finished. I’m sure it's going to be great for the community and the universities,” said Caly Bourbonnais, Wichita State medical student. 

“We don’t have anything like this. It’s much needed and there’s such a shortage in Wichita alone, let alone Kansas of nurses, so it's just gonna be a great, great opportunity,” said Kayli Gonzales WSU Tech nursing student. 

 

State and city leaders believe this campus could add as many as 1,600 high-paying jobs initially downtown, but that’s not the only benefit. 

“I think what we’ll see is more investment in healthcare, in particular the biosciences, and research, but also better-trained clinicians, people who are willing to stay here and help grow our economy,” said Rick Muma, president WSU. 

Officials tell KAKE that by fall of 2026 the construction will be completed, but it won’t be until spring 2027 that the campus will be open for students.