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MedExpress Urgent Care is working on two locations in Jacksonville, both in Arlington.
Jax Daily Record Thursday, May 25, 201712:00 PM EST

Lung center moving forward


$32.4 million building at Mayo Clinic’s Southside campus

Mayo Clinic and United Therapeutics are another step closer to developing a lung-restoration center at Mayo’s Southside campus.

The city is reviewing a permit application for construction of a $32.4 million structure for the center.

Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. will build the three-story, 75,000-square-foot center at 14221 Kendall Hinch Circle.

The city also is reviewing a $6.2 million project for soil improvements, foundations and structural concrete work for the center.

It will be next to the Birdsall Medical Research and Griffin Cancer Research buildings on the Mayo campus at 4500 San Pablo Road, just off Butler Boulevard.

A spokesman said previously that construction is estimated for completion in the first quarter of 2019.

He said it could create about 70 jobs, with about 25 United Therapeutics staff to run the center. Mayo Clinic will dedicate about 50 employees to it.

The project owner is Lung Biotechnology Public Benefit Corp. of Silver Spring, Md. It is a division of United Therapeutics.

United Therapeutics is a biotechnology company that focuses on the development and commercialization of products for the medical needs of patients in life-threatening conditions.

It and Mayo Clinic said in June 2015 that the goal of the lung-restoration center was to significantly increase the supply of lungs available for transplantation by preserving and restoring selected marginal donor lungs, making them viable for the procedure.

The restored lungs will be made available to patients at Mayo Clinic and other transplant centers throughout the United States.

The building also will be used by Mayo for research.

As shown to the city, the building would feature six “ex vivo lung perfusion” rooms on the first floor; executive and other offices, workstations, a conference room, command center, call rooms and a gym on the second floor; and labs and offices on the third floor.

The fourth floor is the roof and mechanical and machine rooms. The building is being designed for more floors to be added if needed.

MedExpress Urgent Care files plans for Atlantic North

MedExpress Urgent Care applied for a permit to build its proposed center in the Atlantic North shopping center at northwest Atlantic and Kernan boulevards in East Arlington.

MedExpress wants to develop a 4,554-square-foot urgent care center at 11901 Atlantic Blvd., which will be its second planned project in Jacksonville.

No contractor is specified for the $750,000 building, designed on an outparcel near the 7-Eleven.

The design shows seven exam rooms, an X-ray room and labs.

MedExpress will join two more outparcels that Sleiman Enterprises wants to develop with multitenant shops.

It will be the second MedExpress to open in Arlington.

The first MedExpress is under development at the site of the former Arthur Murray Dance Studio at 7720 Merrill Road.

The studio was demolished.

MedExpress will hire about 20 health care professionals, including customer service representatives and a full medical team at each center.

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