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Palmetto Primary Care Physicians breaks ground on $32M building

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Ground was broken Wednesday for a Palmetto Primary Care Physicians medical office building in the Nexton community in Summerville. Palmetto Primary Care Physicians CEO Terry Cunningham (from left), President Dr. Brantley Arnau, Equity Partners CEO Steve Wathen, Summerville Mayor Wiley Johnson and WestRock Land and Development President Ken Seeger took park in the ceremony. (Photo/Ashley Heffernan)

Palmetto Primary Care Physicians broke ground Wednesday on a $32 million medical office building that is expected to be the first of six buildings within a $135 million medical campus in the Nexton development in Summerville.

Construction on the 100,000-square-foot, four-story building will begin in April and is expected to be complete in October 2018, CEO Terry Cunningham said. Cunningham, who was COO of the physicians’ group for two years, became interim CEO in November and CEO last week.

The first floor of the building will include an urgent care facility, diagnostic center, lab and cafe. The second floor will be devoted to primary care, and the third and fourth floors will be for specialty care, including gastroenterology, endocrinology, internal medicine, urology, physical therapy and clinical research, Cunningham said.

Ground was broken Wednesday on the first building of a planned six-building medical complex for Palmetto Primary Care Physicians in the Nexton community in Summerville. (Rendering/Provided)“We have been a staple in the community for 20 years, and we plan to serve our patients for many years to come by continuing to offer services throughout our physicians’ offices, urgent care centers and soon at our PPCP medical campus,” he said.

The new building is expected to create about 350 jobs, Cunningham said. The architects for the building are Davis Wince Ltd. and Seamon Whiteside. Equity Construction Solutions will do the construction work.

Over the next three to five years, the physicians’ group plans to construct a total of six buildings in the Nexton community, a 4,500-acre, mixed-use project at the intersection of Interstate 26 and U.S. Highway 17A in Summerville. The medical campus will be located near the intersection of Pace and Front streets.

Cunningham said groundbreaking events could be held for the other buildings over the next few months. The campus is expected to have a second, similarly sized medical office building along with assisted living and hospice facilities.

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