Construction on the grounds for the family medical center and the dental school in its beginning phase Thursday.
Crews started moving dirt to lay the infrastructure at both the facilities on the campus of East Carolina University. Right now, they are digging out the tunnel which will run between the dental school and the family medical center. This is a positive indicator for a facility that has been put on hold, due to legislative cuts in the budget. John Durham, with ECU, says the school is expected to open to students in 2011 and they plan on being ready.
Although this phase is currently taking place it will still be a while before the building phase begins. While crews are laying the ground work, a portion of the parking lot near the back of the health sciences building will be closed off.