SMH’s New Research & Education Institute Reaches Halfway Point in Construction

SMH’s New Research & Education Institute Reaches Halfway Point in Construction

Thursday, February 8, 2024

SARASOTA, Fla. (Feb. 8, 2024) – Sarasota Memorial and members of their design/build team are celebrating an important milestone this week – the official “topping out” of the five-story, $75 million Kolschowsky Research & Education Institute.

The topping out is part of an age-old ritual that signifies that the new facility, located 1880 Arlington Street where the old Doctors Gardens medical office building used to stand, has reached its maximum height, in this case 82 feet.

"It's an inspirational point for the workers who have toiled through months of extreme heat and rains to reach this important phase of construction," said Sarasota Memorial CEO David Verinder. "It's also a milestone for our health system and community. It means we have reached the halfway point and soon will begin layering in the many interior and exterior design features that will bring Sarasota Memorial's Kolschowsky Research & Education Institute to life."

This month, workers are starting installation of support steel, exterior walls and windows, while others will focus on interior framing, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems. Roofing is expected to begin in March. Working in tandem with architects and engineers, the construction crew includes nearly 200 craft workers and a project management team that has invested more than 30,000 hours on the project since Doctor's Gardens was demolished and site work began in early 2023. To date, crews have poured more than 10,000 tons of mixed concrete and installed more than 700 tons of reinforcing steel.

When it opens in mid-2025, the Kolschowsky Research and Education Institute will be a state-of-the-art training and research center that expands research and training opportunities for physicians and clinicians caring for patients on the Suncoast. In addition to supporting clinical trials and research studies, the Institute will offer a range of education programs and state-of-the-art simulation center that expands hands-on training opportunities for physicians, nurses and students mastering new treatments and technologies.

The roughly 80,000-square-foot institute will consolidate and promote Sarasota Memorial's existing programs, while creating a collaborative and innovative environment that appeals to physicians and researchers and brings leading-edge treatments and specialists to the region. Sarasota Memorial's research and graduate medical education programs have tripled in size in recent years, with more than 50 active studies under way and thousands of physicians competing for residency and fellowship opportunities at SMH each year.

About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 1 million patient visits each year across its 2 hospital campuses, a freestanding ER, skilled nursing and rehabilitation center and network of outpatient/urgent care centers and physician practices. Its flagship 897-bed Sarasota hospital has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s best, with superior patient outcomes and comprehensive network of outpatient services. In 2021, the not-for-profit, public health system opened its second acute-care hospital, SMH-Venice, to serve the growing south Sarasota County region, and the Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute to expand cancer care in the community. For more information, visit