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SMU Obtains $139M Bond for New Oakland Campus

SMU Obtains $139M Bond for New Oakland Campus

Samuel Merritt University (SMU), specializing in health science education, has taking a big step towards breaking ground on its new flagship campus in Oakland, CA. The University secured a $139 million bond in financing the project, and will also invest $120 million of its own reserves. Construction of the 260,000-square-foot facility is expected to commence in mid-2023.

The 30-year, tax-exempt series 2022 bonds were issued by the California Municipal Finance Authority and Barclays and Prager served as underwriters. β€œThe bond issuance represents the first time in its 113-year history that Samuel Merritt University has received outside funding for a capital project,” said SMU EVP Dave Lawlor.

Located downtown at Broadway and 12th, the 10-story campus will feature 20 classrooms, several labs, a Health Sciences Simulation Center, conference spaces and more. Mayor Libby Schaaf says the SMU campus will be a boon for the Oakland CBD, as the region has struggled post-pandemic.


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