Governor announces funding for Health Sciences Building

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Jan. 17‚ 2007) — Funding for a new Health Sciences Building‚ which will allow…

Georgia (Jan 1, 2007) — Governor announces funding for Health Sciences Building

Christina Hogan

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Writer: Christina Hogan‚ 770−423−6203 or chogan8@kennesaw.edu


KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Jan. 17‚ 2007) — Funding for a new Health Sciences Building‚ which will allow Kennesaw State University to increase its number of nursing majors by 50 percent‚ was announced by Gov. Sonny Perdue Thursday when he unveiled a $228 million bond package for the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

The bond package designates $42.5 million for design and construction of the building. The university has committed to raising the remaining amount‚ approximately $17.5 million.

The new Health Sciences Building was approved for funding by the Board of Regents last August after being added to a list of funding priorities for fiscal year 2008 last June.

“The inclusion of our new building in Gov. Perdue’s bond package for the Board of Regents 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.”

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 Laurence Peterson said.

Construction could begin at the end of this 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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A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.


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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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