The skyline around the School of Health Professions Building (SHPB) is looking a little different lately. For weeks, construction crews from B.L. Harbert International of Birmingham have been prepping to begin the work to add two floors to SHPB. On Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, crews began assembling the huge crane to be used during construction of the additional floors.
Since 2001, the School of Health Professions student population has increased approximately 1,200 students to more than 1,900 and the school’s research funding has nearly quadrupled.
“We’ve had this huge growth, but with no additional space,” says SHP Dean Harold Jones, Ph.D. “We’ve reached the stage where the lack of space is becoming a hindrance to further growth.”
The school will get much needed space, approximately 35,000 square feet, while adding laboratory and start-of-the-art amenities to accommodate a modern-day classroom. The Department of Health Services Administration will consolidate into the new space. And the Executive Learning Center will serve as the centerpiece to seat about 100 students as well as have breakout rooms.
“We want to expand opportunities for our faculty, our staff, and, most importantly, our students,” Jones says. “By bringing our students into this type of facility, we’re going to be able to improve the quality of the education that they’re getting.”