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UK College of Health Sciences Building
Officially Opens

By Amanda White

Photo of Health Sciences Building ribbon cutting ceremony
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University of Kentucky officials, Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor Paul E. Patton and Lexington Mayor Teresa Ann Isaac cut ribbon to open the new College of Health Sciences building, located at the corner of Rose and Limestone streets

“We are grateful to Governor Paul Patton and the Kentucky legislators who recognized the need for a new facility to provide our students and faculty with an ideal environment to excel in academics and research. We also want to recognize the $1.7 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health to establish our new Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences. The future health professionals who are being trained in the College of Health Sciences are well-deserving of this new home. Projects such as this help UK in our mission to become a top-20 public research institution.”

-- Lee T. Todd Jr., President

 

Feb. 21, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences Building officially opened today with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. Located at the intersection of Rose and Limestone streets, the 210,000-square-foot building has a significant presence at the University of Kentucky and its Chandler Medical Center.

In March 1998, the Kentucky General Assembly earmarked $20 million in state funds to help build the new $33.5 million facility. The remaining $13.5 million came from university funds and private donations.

“We are grateful to Governor Paul Patton and the Kentucky legislators who recognized the need for a new facility to provide our students and faculty with an ideal environment to excel in academics and research,” said UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. ”We also want to recognize the $1.7 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health to establish our new Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences. The future health professionals who are being trained in the College of Health Sciences are well-deserving of this new home. Projects such as this help UK in our mission to become a top-20 public research institution.”

“Education and health are priorities of the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” said Governor Paul E. Patton. “The College of Health Sciences contributes to both. The faculty are educating our students to provide health care for Kentuckians in the future.”

The new facility is adjacent to the Kentucky Clinic and will be connected by a skyway to the Linda and Jack Gill Building, currently under construction near the UK Hospital Emergency Department.

"We are pleased to open this beautiful new building that will serve as the gateway to the University of Kentucky and its Chandler Medical Center," said James W. Holsinger Jr., UK senior vice president and chancellor of the Chandler Medical Center.

"Since the College of Health Sciences’ inception in 1966, our programs have been housed in multiple locations in the Chandler Medical Center and across the university," said Thomas C. Robinson, dean of the college. "We have emerged from a small school of three programs to a large college of nine disciplines. After years of hard work and anticipation, today we are glad to officially open our new home."

The building also houses UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging offices, NIH-funded research space, administrative offices, and classrooms to be used by other colleges.

The facility includes a basement and five floors. The first floor houses the College of Health Sciences’ Office of the Dean, faculty offices, and student space; the second floor contains faculty offices, three classrooms, a student locker room, and five teaching laboratories; the third floor includes Sanders-Brown Center on Aging offices, administrative offices, and one classroom; the fourth floor features 19 research laboratories, six teaching labs, and five classrooms. Shelled space for a future auditorium classroom is located in the basement.

The fifth floor was funded by a National Institutes of Health grant totaling
$1.7 million, with an additional $4.3 million provided by the university. The 30,000 square feet of space for the new Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences will include administrative offices and research space, with six large “neighborhood” style labs designed to encourage collaboration between researchers.

The UK College of Health Sciences, the first of its kind in Kentucky and one of the first 12 in the nation, has consistently competed nationally with the best.

The college provides education and training in the following disciplines: Athletic Training, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Clinical Nutrition, Communication Disorders, Health Services Management, Physician Assistant Studies, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Sciences and Radiation Sciences.


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