Regents pave way for Kennesaw State’s new Health Sciences Building

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (May 2‚ 2007) — Kennesaw State University’s Health Sciences Building took…

Georgia (May 2, 2007) — Regents pave way for Kennesaw State’s new Health Sciences Building

Jeremy Craig

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Approve bond package that includes $42.5 million for expanded labs‚ classrooms


Contact: Director of University Relations
Frances Weyand Harrison
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Writer: Jeremy Craig‚ 770−423−6203 or jcraig19@kennesaw.edu

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (May 2‚ 2007) — Kennesaw State University’s Health Sciences Building took a giant step forward today following approval by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia of its capital budget‚ which includes a bond package that will help fund the construction of the building.

The approval allows KSU to move forward with a facility that will help produce new nurses and health professionals for Georgia.

The regents approved the allocation of state appropriations for fiscal year 2008 Wednesday during its meeting in Atlanta. All allocations are pending the approval by Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue of the FY 08 Appropriations Act.

The KSU Health Sciences Building is part of a $271.5 million bond package in the university system’s capital budget‚ which designates $42.5 million for the design and construction of the building at Kennesaw State. The total cost of the building is expected to be about $60 million‚ including construction‚ design and equipment costs‚ with the university raising at least $13 million from private contributions and other sources. About $4.5 million for equipment will be requested from the state in 2008.

“The inclusion of our new building in the Board of Regents bond package is crucial in moving forward with our new Health Sciences Building here at Kennesaw State‚” said President Daniel S. Papp. “We are pleased the regents have given their approval to this important funding‚ which will allow us to increase the number of nurses and other health professionals whom the people of our state so critically need.”

Construction of KSU’s Health Sciences Building will most likely begin later this year‚ and the 190‚000−square−foot facility is expected to be completed and in use by the 2009−2010 academic year. Once completed‚ the new facility will allow Kennesaw State to graduate 80 additional nursing students per year‚ and an additional 250 students per year in other health and human services programs in the WellStar College of Health and Human Services.

The new facility will include state−of−the−art equipment‚ a 300−seat auditorium‚ 15 health‚ science and interdisciplinary laboratories‚ seven seminar rooms and 11 large classrooms‚ two of which can accommodate at least 150 students. Also included will be four computer labs‚ student study areas and faculty offices.

The addition of the Health Sciences Building will fulfill a very critical need in Georgia‚ Papp said. A 2006 report by the Board of Regents Task Force on Health Professions Education indicated that the state’s health−care sector — vital to Georgia’s economy — is in jeopardy‚ due to the critical shortages of health professionals anticipated during the next decade. U.S. Census Bureau estimates now place Georgia as the ninth−largest state in the nation‚ but on a per−capita basis‚ the state ranks 42nd or lower among the states in the supply of physical therapists and registered nurses.

By 2020‚ Georgia will have 48‚000 registered nurses‚ but the state will need 80‚000 to meet the demand‚ according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

While Kennesaw State is a leading producer of nurses and allied health professionals in Georgia‚ tremendous enrollment growth has caused a critical shortage of lab and classroom capacity. The new facility will allow KSU to help meet the challenges of the future‚ Papp said.

In addition‚ the new building will allow campus officials to increase the number of graduates in other high−need health and wellness related programs‚ including physical therapy‚ cardiac rehabilitation‚ and applied health and exercise science.

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ONLINE PRESS KIT:

A brochure with further details about the Health Sciences Building‚ and a rendering of the facility are available online at https://files.kennesaw.edu/staff/jcraig19/MediaGraphics/HealthSciencesBuilding/index.html.

For more about the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia‚ visit www.usg.edu.

A full news release from the Board of Regents‚ detailing actions taken during today’s meeting‚ is available online at www.usg.edu/news/2007/050207.phtml.

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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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