BLUEFIELD, WV (WOAY) – Princeton Community Hospital and Bluefield State College signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will bring dormitories housing and science programs to the Bluefield Regional Medical Center.
During the announcement it was revealed that the majority of Bluefield Regional Medical Center will be repurposed to accommodate students.
In total, 150 rooms will be renovated. The top two floors will be converted to dorms, while the remaining rooms will be converted into learning spaces. Architect Nate Randolph estimates the cost to renovate each room is around $20,000.
“I think aesthetically most of the rooms are set up how a person would use their rooms anyways. There are medical gases and things that we would have to figure out ways to conceal that are currently there that are no longer necessary. There might be upgrades to the restrooms, but for the most part it’s about making it look more appealing and residential in nature,” said Randolph.
Randolph says he estimates the project to be completed within 6 months to a year.