JU Starts Work on New $8M College of Health Sciences Building
By Georgiana Mihaila, Associate Editor
To be located at 2800 University Blvd., in the plaza between Lazzara Health Sciences Center and the Davis College of Business, the two-story 30,000-square-foot building will cost $8 million. The facility will feature dedicated and multi-purpose classroom equipped with advanced technology, event space and meeting rooms, faculty and staff offices, multidisciplinary simulation learning center, advanced speech and computer laboratories. The plan also calls for interior green space and open, clerestory lighting to bring in natural daylight, as well as wireless technology throughout.
Site preparation has already begun, and the university has chosen Jacksonville-based Perry-McCall to build the new facility. With Dasher Hurst Architects of Jacksonville in charge of design, the Marine Science Research Institute is scheduled for completion July 2014.
A centerpiece of JU’s $85 million ASPIRE comprehensive campaign, the new two-story building is part of a $20-million phased plan to meet growing demand by expanding the College of Health Science’s facilities, programs, faculty and partnerships with the medical community.
About 1,600 students are enrolled in the College of Health Sciences. With Nursing and Exercise Science program increases, and the addition of programs in Speech-Language Pathology, Health Executive Leadership, Occupational Therapy and Health Information Management, enrollment is projected to rise as much as 40 percent, to about 2,300, students by 2016.
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