New Health Sciences Building at Kennesaw State approved by Board of Regents

A $60 million Health Sciences Building that will allow Kennesaw State University to increase its…

Georgia (Aug 8, 2006) — New Health Sciences Building at Kennesaw State approved by Board of Regents

Frances Weyand

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Contact: Frances Weyand‚ Director of University Relations‚ 770−423−6203 or fweyand@kennesaw.edu

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Aug. 8‚ 2006) — A $60 million Health Sciences Building that will allow Kennesaw State University to increase its number of nursing majors by 50 percent was approved for funding by the Board of Regents Tuesday after being added to a list of funding priorities for fiscal year 2008 in June.

The university has committed to raising $13 million in private funds while the remaining amount will be funded by the state.

“The inclusion of our new building on the Board of Regents’ capital list is a huge step forward for Kennesaw State and is the result of a lot of hard work by many people‚” said President Daniel S. Papp. “The new building will help us significantly increase the number of nurses and other health professionals we graduate‚ showing that Kennesaw and the university system are truly responsive to the needs of the people and the state of Georgia.”

According to Vice Chancellor Linda Daniels‚ this new priority list‚ which includes a school of dentistry at the Medical College of Georgia and a new library at Georgia Gwinnett College‚ diverges from the traditional capital list to focus on projects meeting critical strategic needs in the state.

One of those needs is for more nurses‚ according to WellStar College of Health and Human Services Dean Richard Sowell.

“This new building will make all the difference in our ability to grow and respond to the nursing shortage in Georgia‚” he said. “It will have a major impact on the state‚ especially north Georgia.”

When complete‚ the proposed five−story Health Sciences Building will be the largest building on campus at 190‚000 square feet. Furnished with the latest technology‚ it will feature a 300−seat auditorium‚ large tiered classrooms‚ standard classrooms‚ seminar rooms‚ distance−learning classrooms‚ study areas‚ faculty offices and science labs.

In addition to benefiting the WellStar College of Health and Human Services‚ the new building will also provide more space for the College of Science and Mathematics.

“The instructional lab space in the building for our biological and chemical sciences degree is critical to their continued growth and the strategic needs of the biomedical and biotechnology industries here in Georgia‚” Dean Larry Peterson said.

Construction could begin at the end of next summer and be complete by August 2009‚ according to John Anderson‚ director of facility planning and design service. The Health Sciences Building will be located next to the existing nursing building‚ which will then be reconfigured for other purposes‚ he added.

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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third largest state university out of 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a brand new Doctorate of Education in Leadership.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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